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Boss Wary Of Boro Threat


12:00 28th March 2013

Saunders expecting tough test

Wolves boss Dean Saunders has warned that recent results will count for nothing if his team don’t build on the momentum with another positive performance against Middlesbrough on Saturday (3pm).

Wolves have won two of their last three fixtures and taken seven points from four games heading into a game with a Boro side whose promotion challenge has faltered in recent weeks.

But Saunders still views the visitors as dangerous opposition with plenty of quality within their ranks which could bring about a change of fortunes at any time.

"Middlesbrough have had a bad run away from home so hopefully maybe we get them at the right time and they get us at the wrong time," he said.

"We've got three decent results now out of the last four games and won a couple in there, one at home and one away. I'm expecting us to build on that now and maybe win a couple of games quickly and take the pressure off us a little bit.

"But we have to remember Middlesbrough have some good players and they made a brilliant start to the season.

"And yet if we beat them we’re nine points behind them when it feels like three weeks ago they were going for the title!

"If we could get two good performances over Easter the pressure wouldn't be off but it would give us a bit of breathing space," he added. "We've got four home games and if we win all of those we'll be fine.

"That's one way of looking at it but it doesn't really matter how we do it – we've probably just got to win four games.

"Hull City are the best placed team of those we have to play at home, but they're all games we think we can do something with.

"We’ve got a couple of good results, a couple of wins and a good draw against Watford. We probably should have got something at Forest as well.

"I feel we’re going in the right direction and the players have trained great on Tuesday – the best they’ve trained since I've been here. If we can get two wins in these two games now you’ll see a difference in the league table.

"The teams around us are playing each other - Sheffield Wednesday are playing Barnsley on Saturday - there's a few of them playing each other, so only one team can get three points."

Saunders has acknowledged that victory against Bristol City was paramount, and has gone some way to restoring the confidence that had been shattered by the run that, at one point, saw Wolves fail to win in twelve league outings.

"We need to win quickly and we have," he continued. "We needed to get good results to get going, especially at home, to give the fans some belief as well because all they've been seeing are defeats.

"Before I came we lost to Peterborough, Ipswich, Crystal Palace and Luton so a lack of confidence goes back a long way.

"Everyone is edgy in the ground and you could see that in the first half against Bristol City. Then sometimes when all seems lost you throw the shackles off and go for it and we did."

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