Skip to main content

Don't Give Up


12:30 2nd May 2013

Saunders urges players to believe

Dean Saunders has backed his Wolves players to have the right attitude and mentality going into Saturday's final game of the season against Brighton (12.45pm).

Wolves face a huge task to keep themselves in the nPower Championship, knowing that a win at the Amex Stadium is vital, as are defeats elsewhere for Barnsley and Peterborough, and a five-goal swing from the latter.

Despite the improbable nature of Wolves' survival mission though, Saunders is determined that his players approach the game in the correct manner.

"I'll make sure none of them give up," he said this week. "Some will believe and some won't, but I've got to get the message across.

"I'll have a look at the mentality of the lads, how they're looking in training and who's up for it and believing they can do it.

"What we have to do is make sure we focus on the game. We have to try and win it and if the worst happens, we start again."

Saunders was also asked about the plans in place should a second successive relegation be confirmed this weekend, and was upbeat on the future of the club.

"Sometimes out of a crisis there comes an opportunity. Clubs take a bit of pain sometimes but things happen for a reason," he explained.

"If the worst does happen to us it's not the end of the world, even though it feels like it. Norwich and Southampton have done it - sometimes the club needs to hit the bottom before it can start going up again.

"I wasn't planning on going down a league when I came here, but I'm employed by the club and will do the best job I can."

In terms of team news for Saturday's fixture, Saunders confirmed that midfielder Jamie O'Hara is back in contention after returning from his three-game suspension.

The manager also hinted that Bakary Sako could be in line for another appearance after the Player of the Season returned from his hamstring injury towards the end of last weekend's home defeat to Burnley.

"He might be alright," Saunders said. "We might have to risk him and if his hamstring goes, he's got all summer to get over it.

"You never really know with hamstrings because you never feel anything until they go normally. He got a bit of cramp when he had to run the length of the pitch against Burnley, but it was worth risking him because he could have banged one in the top corner.

"He had a couple of free-kicks when he came on and I was hoping he might do something, because that would have made the difference - we had chances to equalise in the last few minutes but we couldn't get the ball over the line."

    Related Articles