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Bounce Back Again


09:15 22nd April 2013

Boss ready for massive game

Boss Dean Saunders has called on his players to repeat their reaction to the Huddersfield defeat heading into Saturday’s crucial visit of Burnley (3pm).

Circumstances were very different as Wolves lost to Charlton on Saturday – the last-minute reverse came when the team deserved a point – but the players responded to the Huddersfield set back a weekend earlier by going out and beating Hull.

Saunders believes it is within the team’s grasp to do the same again this Saturday against Burnley, and build on some impressive recent home form which has seen ten points taken from the last five games.

“We were top of the form league before Saturday and have been doing really well winning five out of eight,” he says.

“The players have responded before.

“We lost to Huddersfield which was a big disappointment and then came back and beat Hull.

“We just need a bit of luck as well which has deserted us in recent weeks.

“At Bolton a shot was deflected right into Alonso’s path and he scored and last week Dorus’s save bounced straight to Beckford.

“Leadbitter hit the crossbar for Middlesbrough and it wasn’t over the line but was given yet when Jamie O’Hara’s shot against Barnsley did go over it wasn’t given.

“There have been three penalties against Sako which I don’t think were penalties.

“It is funny how it goes when you are down the bottom but hopefully we will get all that luck over the next couple of games – we need to have some.

“We’ve also got six players injured who would be playing in these games for us including our main goalscorers.

“That is something that hasn’t gone our way either and it was cruel for the fans who were there on Saturday to see us lose in the 90th minute.

“It was cruel luck today and cruel for the fans who were here to see us lose in the 90th minute.

“There are always disappointments even for teams at the other end of the table.

“It’s my job to be strong myself and Monday morning come back in fighting and ready to beat Burnley.

“We have to roll our sleeves up because we are not out of it and a result next week can change everything.

“If we win and Peterborough don’t we would be favourites again so we have to concentrate on beating Burnley next week.”

Saunders however knows it will be a typically tough npower Championship test against a Burnley side who still need a result themselves to be sure of their own survival.

And the Clarets will arrive at Molineux boosted by a late goal of their own in clinching a draw at title-winning Cardiff on Saturday.

“Burnley haven’t had great results but have got a last minute goal against Cardiff and a great point on Saturday,” added the boss.

“We have to get a plan ready and make sure nobody gets injured in training and then move forward.

“We had been in automatic promotion form before Saturday but we are still in the bottom three which is incredible.

“And it could have been even worse on Saturday if the other results had gone against us.

“We’ve done well at home recently apart from the Huddersfield game.

“The players believe they can do it and it is all to play for on Saturday.”

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