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Boss's Target


10:00 19th April 2013

Saunders on the final three

Wolves boss Dean Saunders is refusing to be drawn on the amount of points his side may need to stop in the nPower Championship this season, preferring instead to target three wins from their remaining three games.

Saunders saw his side get back to winning ways at home to Hull City on Tuesday night, and Wolves now face Charlton, Burnley and Brighton in their last three fixtures as they attempt to secure their Championship status.

Facing the media ahead of tomorrow's trip to The Valley, the manager admitted that the nature of the scrap for survival makes it impossible to set a points target.

"I think we've just got to win our last three games," Saunders said. "If we do that, we stay up - nobody's catching us then. We've got a chance of getting 60 points - that's the way we've got to look at it.

"I'm confident that we can win all three - we've done it before. We won four games in five and now we've won five games in eight, so we can definitely do it.

"You need a bit of luck on the day, you need your chances to go in and you can't afford to beat yourself by making silly mistakes. Doing the basics right and taking your chances - that's the Championship.

Wolves' run of form has coincided with the other sides at the bottom of the table also picking up points on a regular basis, and the unpredictable nature of recent results has contributed to what Saunders has labelled an 'incredible' campaign.

"You never know in this league," he explained. "Barnsley went to Cardiff and got a point, then they go and lose 6-0 at home to Charlton - you just never know what's around the corner.

"Normally, a few wins makes a massive difference to your league position, but look at Peterborough - they've gone ten games without losing and they're only out of the bottom three on goal difference. It's incredible."

After joking after the Hull win that the run-in 'wasn't good for your health' Saunders was also asked about the pressure he is facing at Molineux, with his side now sitting just a place above the drop zone - ahead of third from bottom Huddersfield on goal difference alone.

"You can't switch off," he admitted. "As a manager, the amount of decisions you have to make every day is unbelievable, even from the smallest of details.

"There are obviously problems at this club, otherwise I wouldn't be here . There is a lot of work to be done, if there wasn't, I wouldn't have got the job.

"If you get a job like this, there are going to be problems and pressures, and the supporters will be demanding wins and success. But if you don't want that, go and do something else," he continued.

"You've got to embrace the challenge though. People are writing you off, and you go out there and prove them wrong. You get used to the pressure - I prefer being under pressure than not. 

"Playing for Liverpool, you were under pressure to win every game - but that's the norm, you get used to it. It's the same here - you have to find the right formula to win every game."

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