Wolves boss Dean Saunders has called on his players to show they can handle the pressure of the team’s bad run – as he continues to keep a close eye on possible transfer moves between now and Thursday night.
Saunders is three games into the job at Molineux and with Wolves on a run of just three wins from 20 he is well aware of the nature of the task in store, Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Blackpool providing the first defeat of his time at the helm.
He knows there is plenty of pressure and expectation on everyone’s shoulders, and says that has to be dealt with when working at a club with understandably high expectations.
“I think all jobs are difficult,” says Saunders.
“You are constantly trying to solve a puzzle.
“It’s a massive club and no one expects the club to be where it is and that’s why it’s a big job.
“Every game we’re expected to win and the pressure is on.
“When you are playing for Wolves and there are 20,000 at the ground and you are losing you can see who the men are.
“When you are winning everybody’s a great player.
“Everyone wants to play for Man United – try playing for them when you are 3-0 down at home and there are 70,000 there – that’s when you find out how good a player you are.
“Our players have got to show the mental strength to walk through disappointments.
“I have told them in there that in football there are more downs than ups.
“The top players are the ones who come back from the downs.
“As a group we have got to come back fighting on Thursday and if I can add anyone to the group before then I will.”
Saturday’s defeat came after Saunders’ Wolves reign began with a promising draw against Blackburn and a battling stalemate away at a Sheffield Wednesday side who followed up by winning at Charlton at the weekend.
The boss will try and build on the positives ahead of Thursday’s trip to highflying Leicester (7.45pm), but knows now it’s all about results if Wolves are to get away from the lower reaches of the npower Championship table.
“There are some positives to take away - and I’ve got to fix it,” he said.
“We had a good performance and result against Blackburn when we should have won.
“We’ve gone to Sheffield Wednesday and had a battle and got a good point there.
“And on Saturday we were on course for a win.
“We’ve got to get a couple of wins and get away from the bottom.
“If you win five games on the trot you might start looking the other way but we need just a couple now before even thinking about the other way.
“We’ve got a big game at Leicester now and we can put things right by getting a result there.”