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Boss Taking Stock 18/03/13

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07:55 18th March 2013

Several players away on international duty

Wolves boss Dean Saunders says the club now have the two-week international break to “take stock” of recent events and hope that injured pair Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards have time to recover.

Further assessments will take place on Sako (hamstring) and Edwards (foot) after they were forced out of Saturday’s win over Bristol City while Saunders will be hoping none of those away on international duty pick up any problems ahead of the return to action against Middlesbrough on Saturday week.

“We can take stock of everything that happened and we have a better feeling than the disastrous feeling we’d have had if we’d lost the game,” says the boss.

“We’ve got a fair few players away on international duty and hopefully none of those get injured.

“Hopefully Sako’s hamstring can recover as well and Dave Edwards.

“We have to take this feeling into the Middlesbrough game and try and get another three points.”

Saunders is not taking anything for granted with Wolves still in the relegation zone and needing plenty more points over the final eight games if they are to survive.

He believes it will be down to Championship know-how from the squad if they are to win that battle.

He added:  “You look at our team and think we have got some great players and should be higher up in the table.

“You need a certain type of player in this league and it’s not necessarily the best players.

“This league is all about set plays, resisting, a direct approach sometimes, not giving goals away and scoring from set plays.

“You need players who are going to roll their sleeves up and go to Millwall on a Tuesday night and do a job for you.

“If you ask Kaspars Gorkss who played for Reading last season he will tell you they played well for six or seven games and the rest of the time they were solid, chased everything, worked their socks off, and that is the formula we need.”

Of the international contingent Gorkss is away with the Latvian squad who have one fixture – against Liechtenstein on Friday in Vaduz.

Christophe Berra is away with Scotland who have fixtures with Wales at Hampden Park on Friday followed by a trip to face Serbia on Tuesday.

Edwards had been on standby for Wales prior to picking  up his injury on Saturday.

Kevin Doyle and Stephen Ward are both on standby for the Republic of Ireland senior squad for their fixture against Austria at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium a week tomorrow.

Matt Doherty, Anthony Forde, on loan at Scunthorpe, and Aaron McCarey, currently on loan with Walsall, are in Ireland’s Under-21 squad for a friendly with Portugal in Tallaght a week today.

On-loan defender Jack Robinson is with the England Under-21 squad for their two friendly matches, against Romania on Thursday at Wycombe and then Austria next Monday at Brighton.

Jake Cassidy is in the Wales Under-21 squad for a qualifying fixture against Moldova at Llanelli on Friday while keeper Aljaz Cotman is with the Slovenia Under-21s for friendlies against Italy on Wednesday and Slovakia next Monday.

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