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Boss To Assess Squad


11:44 31st March 2013

Changes considered for Blues test

Boss Dean Saunders will assess his Wolves squad before deciding upon a plan of action for a tough derby day trip to Birmingham tomorrow (3pm).

Yesterday’s dramatic 3-2 victory against Middlesbrough took plenty out of the tank at this stage of the season with a few possible doubts being assessed as the players reported back today.

And Saunders has also got to take into consideration the fact that in-form Blues – who won 4-0 at Crystal Palace on Friday – will have had extra time to rest after their trip to Selhurst Park was selected for live television coverage.

“I don’t think it’s fair that Birmingham played on Friday and I guess it’s probably the TV,” said Saunders.

“It’s not just the energy - I’ve got two players with cramp and you get knocks and dead legs and they can’t shrug them off in time.

“When it’s three or four days and you nick a day on someone then fair enough but not when it’s two days.

“You are guessing a little bit now because players aren’t going to tell me they are tired and that I should leave them out.

“You don’t really find out until the game starts.

“I’ve got some crucial decisions now in front of me and have to make the right ones.

“We will roll our sleeves up and make some changes and hopefully we will get three points at Birmingham.”

Saunders continues:  “I went to watch them play at Crystal Palace and they were brilliant.

“It’s a big local derby and we’ve certainly got a tough game ahead of us away from home.

“I coached Lee Clark at Newcastle and he’s a friend of mine – let’s hope he goes easy on us!

“Our players have got to show the same character as they have shown in recent games.”

One of those who Saunders will bring under scrutiny is winger Stephen Hunt, who has returned from a long spell out injured to claim two man-of-the-match awards – and three assists – in Wolves’ back-to-back victories.

Hunt was one of those suffering from cramp in the closing stages yesterday.

“Stephen Hunt is a good player,” added Saunders.

“You don’t play for your country as much as he has done without being a good player.

“He has been out for a year but is an all-action player who gives you everything he has got.

“He got cramp at the end and has only got a couple of days to recover.

“Although he’s got a Duracel battery in him so we will see!”

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