Wolves boss Dean Saunders today called for his players to get back to winning form against Huddersfield – and hit back from their “kick up the backside” at Bolton.
A run of four wins in five came to a disappointing finale at the Reebok Stadium when Wolves were 2-0 down inside ten minutes, both the goals following Bolton corners.
And Saunders views that as something of a wake-up call ahead of a spell of three home games in four kicking off with welcoming a team boasting exactly the same amount of points as Wolves.
“It might do us good, coming into these two home games, it might be a kick up the backside we need,” Saunders says of the Bolton reverse.
“Maybe Saturday did us a bit of good in that things were going great for us and we lost two goals from set-pieces which has tightened us up a bit.
“The players are still in a confident mood and we need to get back to how we played in the Birmingham game.
“The fans played their part in getting behind us and we need a bit of luck on the day.
“And we’ve got to be more determined than Huddersfield.
“It’s a massive game for us but they have to beat us - they’re below us in the table and they have to beat us.
“Yes, we need to win the game, but they still stay below us if it’s a draw.
“We just need to keep as many teams below us as we can and we had a chance to do it with Bristol City.
“We kept them below us and they haven’t recovered from that defeat, and we can do the same to Huddersfield.
“I think if we can beat them, it will be a crushing defeat for them.”
Saunders meanwhile has called on midfielder Jamie O’Hara to continue to make an impact and rattle up “seven out of ten” performances between now and the end of the season.
By his own admission O’Hara believes he will improve his sharpness after a good pre-season given his lengthy absence through injury.
But Saunders is happy with his contribution in both attack and defence, and has highlighted his ability to “make things happen”.
“I’m playing him and he’s had lots of problems with his hips, and groins,” he said.
“He’s been doing alright. I said to him ‘you have just got to keep churning out seven out of 10s’.
“That’s what he’s got to do, making sure he defends properly, doing his job that way.
“He has the ability to make things happen in certain games and and then he can get an eight or nine out of 10.
“He’s got to keep knocking out those seven out of 10s.
“As long as the team keeps winning I don’t really mind who’s doing what.
“All the players’ attitudes have been tremendous.
“In recent weeks they’ve realised what they’ve got to do and they’ve got the bit between their teeth. A lot of them are playing well.”