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Filling The Gap


11:55 22nd March 2013

Boss's challenge to wingers

Boss Dean Saunders has challenged Adam Hammill and Slawomir Peszko to try and force their way into his thinking after injuries to Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards.

Sako and Edwards have been operating on the flanks for Wolves in recent fixtures, but both face a battle to play again this season after picking up injuries against Bristol City last weekend.

Hammill and Peszko now have the chance to prove they can fill either of those voids ahead of Wolves’ taking on Middlesbrough a week tomorrow (3pm).

“With Carl (Ikeme) as well we’ve lost three key players,” said Saunders.

“Sako has done very well and Dave Edwards is also an important player as because he’s a goalscoring midfielder who gives you everything.

“But it gives someone else a chance.

“Hammill is in my thoughts – he’s just got to show me in the next 10 days that he looks right, physically and mentally.

“He’s got a goal in him, he’s an attacking player who can cross it, shoot and score.

“With Dave Edwards being injured, him and Slawomir Peszko have got a chance.

“Peszko has been in the queue, but I’ve played Edwards and Kevin Foley there mostly.

“But with Sako on the other side, we’ve got to get the right balance, especially away from home. But I’ve got different problems now.

“We’ve also got Razak Boukari, but he’s still not right, and Foley can play there too.”

Having picked up 75 caps for Wales, Saunders is well aware of the privilege of representing his country, an honour which has shared by many of the current first team squad at Molineux.

But he is able to see the positives from a Wolves view of the fact that regular Republic of Ireland internationals Stephen Ward and Kevin Doyle were surprisingly left out of the squad for the forthcoming internationals.

“It’s a boost having Doyle and Wardy here,” he said.

“They were left out of the squad which I’m pleased about because I’ve rested him (Doyle) at times and he’s looked fresh.

“He played well when he came on against Cardiff – he looked a different player.

“From a selfish point of view, I’m glad to have him here and missing out on these Ireland games.

“And there is less chance of the pair of them getting injured.”



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