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Dean On Leeds

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11:00 8th February 2013

Saunders looks ahead to United visit

Wolves manager Dean Saunders says he is wary of the threat posed by Saturday's opponents Leeds United, but is confident that his side can claim what would be a first home win in over two months.
The reverse fixture, on the opening day of the season, saw Wolves beaten by a solitary goal from Luciano Becchio at Elland Road.
The Argentine striker moved to Norwich City in the January transfer window, but Saunders says Neil Warnock's Leeds still possess plenty of attacking threat.
"They've just lost Becchio but have signed Stephen Warnock, Steve Morison and another striker, Habib Habibou," Saunders says.
"So they've got Ross McCormack, who's sharp, up front with El Hadji Diouf, who's a talented player. Morison is a good goalscorer who I know from working with Wales and I've worked with Luke Varney before.
"He's got a bit of pace down the left-hand side and Ross Barkley, who's playing down the right on loan from Everton, is lively and could have won them the game against Cardiff last Saturday."
The 1-0 defeat against the league leaders was Leeds' fourth loss in their last six Championship outings, and Saunders is confident that his team can build on recent performances and secure him his first victory as Wolves boss.
He says: "I've watched Leeds three times this season - they are a hard team to play against. Neil Warnock's teams always play with enthusiasm and desire, and we have to match that all over the pitch.
"They're a tough team and we've got respect for them, but I think it's a game we can win - particularly if we play like we did against Leicester and Blackpool.
"Having said that, if we win 1-0 and don't play very well, I'll take that."
Saunders also had words of praise for the manager who will occupy the away dugout on Saturday. Warnock's Leeds did the double over Saunders' Doncaster Rovers last season, but the Wolves boss says the former Sheffield United boss has been a help to him during his fledgling managerial career.
"I've always got on well with him - he's always been frank with me. I speak to him now and again and he gives me some words of wisdom.
"He's been around for a long time and he's an experienced manager - he knows what he's doing. He's also got Ronnie Jepson with him as well who has been around the block.
"So he's a good manager and he will have his team prepared right and he gets them motivated."
Wolves go into the game in search of just a second home win since September, but, while Saunders has again asked the Molineux faithful to get behind his team, he is eager to dismiss the notion that an expectant home crowd add to the pressure on his players.
"I was fortunate enough to play for some big clubs in my career, and I never really noticed crowds," he says. "Look at the goals we conceded in the last game against Blackpool - they were nothing to do with the fans.
"I understand that the supporters are frustrated, but I just urge them to get behind the team. The players are giving everything - it's not through lack of effort, they've just lost confidence.
"The supporters can help, I can help, we can all help - that's what they need to get going, and once we get going we'll be fine." 

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