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Boss Hails "Magnificent Support"

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11:30 12th April 2013

All set for another Molineux drama

Manager Dean Saunders has urged Wolves fans to continue what he describes as their 'magnificent' support as his side face up to a relegation crunch clash with Huddersfield on Saturday.

Wolves are unbeaten in their last three home games, with two crucial wins over Bristol City and Middlesbrough following on from Bakary Sako's late equaliser against Watford.

Now, Saunders is hopeful that the supporters will once again play a big part as Wolves look to put daylight between themselves and the nPower Championship's bottom three.

"We've won our last two games at home," the manager said this week. "Then the point here against Watford in the game before that was like a turning point for us.

"The fans have been magnificent in those games, and have really made a difference. I know, because of the clubs I played for during my career, how important the home supporters can be.

"At Anfield for example, the crowd used to put the opposition under pressure themselves. With ten minutes to go, the crowd would start joining in and make a visiting team go from being comfortable to slicing every clearance, sitting deeper and deeper and not being able to reach the winning line.

"We experienced a bit of that against Birmingham at St Andrews last week, but fortunately we'd already done enough to win the game."

That Midlands derby win was a third in a row for Wolves, who saw that winning run come to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Bolton's Reebok Stadium next weekend.

Despite that below-par performance though, Saunders is confident that his players are in good enough form going into Saturday's game against the Terriers, who are below Wolves on goal difference alone.

"We've won our last two home games, we've played well, we're scoring goals, and now we've got to put the Bolton game out of our minds," he explained.

"We ran into a team that were bang in form, and we've given them a two-goal head start, which you can't afford to do.

"But we've trained well this week and I've got a good idea of the team I'm going to put out there. The players know exactly what's expected of them and they're focused on Saturday.

"We've got to take the form of our last two games into Saturday, relax and make sure we don't get beaten."

Despite the tension that will inevitably accompany the fixture, Saunders says he will be urging his squad not to get carried away by the magnitude of the game.

"We've just got to be sensible," he said. "The only things that we can control are that we're more determined than them and that we work harder than them.

"If we take care of those things, hopefully we'll find that the refereeing decisions go our way and that when our chances come along, we take them.

"The players will be feeling nervous already, they'll have the game on their minds and they'll realise the importance of it."

The boss added: "I've watched Huddersfield six or seven times and I know their strengths and weaknesses, I know the way their manager wants them to play.

"They've got some dangerous players, but so have we - we've got good players that are playing well at the moment, and we've got some belief back in our team."


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