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Gorkss Set For Go Ahead


11:00 15th February 2013

Defender set for Derby debut

Dean Saunders has confirmed that new loan signing Kaspars Gorkss is in line to make his Wolves debut at Derby tomorrow.
The Latvian international checked in at Molineux this week after signing on loan until the end of the season from Reading.
Now, Saunders is hoping that the 31 year-old defender, who has won the Championship title in the last two seasons with QPR and Reading, can add his experience to a team looking for their first win in nine league outings.
"He'll come into the side with a clear frame of mind, with no mental baggage dragging him down," Saunders said. "He's known nothing but success for the last two years, and he's come here expecting to win in training and fully expecting to win on Saturday.
"The younger players in the team need some guidance - both on the pitch and off the pitch. We've given youngsters, like Jake Cassidy and Danny Batth, a chance this season, but you have to have someone in team who can help the young lads."
He added: "At half time on Saturday, I'm sure he'll have something to say, regardless of how the game is going.  He's been there and done it, and we need those kind of people - people can push across what you have to be to play for Wolves, what it takes."
Saunders also revealed that Gorkss - who played 90 minutes for his country against Japan last week - had other options on the table when it came to sealing a loan move away from the Madejski Stadium.
Having now committed his short-term future to Wolves though, Gorkss will come up against in-form Derby strikers Jamie Ward and Conor Sammon as Wolves chase down a morale-boosting three points, and Saunders knows that his back four are in for a tough afternoon.
"Saturday will be a difficult game as Derby are a tough nut to crack," Saunders said in his press conference ahead of the meeting at Pride Park.
"They are a young side and they work hard, they play a certain way and they are hard to contain at home - they've got a good home record so I've got to get a team on the pitch that are going to stand up to them, hold their ground and come away with three points.
"Jamie Ward is on fire at the moment, and Conor Sammon is a bit like Andy Carroll, in that he never gives you a minute and he'll chase things down, so I've warned the back four that they've got their hands full on Saturday."
The Rams have lost just twice at home in the nPower Championship this season, winning eight times, including their last home game against Huddersfield Town.


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