Dean Saunders today insisted Wolves must “keep fighting” to come out of the poor run and pick up the necessary amount of points to preserve their npower Championship status.
Yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to league leaders Cardiff made it 12 without a win in all competitions, and with 12 games remaining the boss has targeted at least five wins to ensure Wolves escape the bottom three.
And while again disappointed at Wolves’ latest Molineux defeat, Saunders was at least taking the positives in the fighting spirit of his players despite their miserable run.
He said: “There are positives to take out of the game.
“The lads were still fighting and went right to the last whistle.
“Sylvan missed the chance late on but at least he ran the length of the pitch to get on the end of it and got past Sako and Björn was up there as well.
“They fought and fought right to the end but we can’t make mistakes like we did in the game.
“But I am not giving up.
“We have got to win five or six games and we’ve got enough games to do that and we’ve got enough in the dressing room.
“Things don’t go for you sometimes and maybe we need a scruffy 1-0 win from somewhere to get us going.
“We’ve got a big game on Friday and have to take the positives from this.
“Everyone here knows all the players and what they are capable of doing and what they have done in the past.
“You look around the dressing room and think surely we have got enough.
“But we’ve not been getting results and that is why I put the two young lads in yesterday with fresh minds and fresh legs and enthusiasm.
“Jack Robinson going in wasn’t thinking about anything apart from that he’s playing for Wolves in a big game.
“Matt Doherty went in with the same mentality – he’s got no mental baggage and went on the pitch thinking like it’s his debut.
“And they are both good athletes.
“Tongo (Doumbia) went back in with fresh legs because he hasn’t played for two games and Danny Batth has got the same mentality as the other young lads.
“Sometimes that is what you need to turn things around rather than playing the same players who have been taking punches on the chin non stop for the last two-and-a-half years.
“Some of them look a bit jaded from it all.
“It might do them good to sit next to me for the next couple of weeks.”
The boss also revealed he has had support from Chairman Steve Morgan to aim for another loan signing, on the back of Robinson and Kaspars Gorkss who have both arrived in the last fortnight.
“We’re still looking and to be fair the Chairman has given me the o-k to bring another player in,” added Saunders.
“The Chairman gets a bit of stick and Jez gets a bit of stick but they are trying their best.
“We’ve got to win five or six games and I think there is enough in the dressing room but we might have to do something else.
“And if I can I will.”