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Hold Your Nerve


12:30 24th April 2013

Boss preparing for pressure afternoon

Boss Dean Saunders says Wolves must continue their impressive recent home form – with the exception of Huddersfield – as they prepare their approach for Burnley on Saturday.

And Saunders admits it may be a case for staying patient and considered to get the three points, with the players “holding their nerve” in a pressurised atmosphere.

In that game against Huddersfield Wolves started extremely well and took the lead only to finish on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat, but in the most recent home fixture beat second-placed Hull thanks to Kevin Doyle’s second half strike.

“At home we’ve been doing quite well,” said Saunders.

“Against Huddersfield we were 1-0 up and playing great - the best we’ve played for half an hour and then it slipped through our fingers.
“We could have got three or four goals against Hull, even from a defensive set-up.

“So Saturday is really about how we approach the game - we are going to have a plan going into the game and everybody will buy into it.
“Then I’ve got to look at what is available to me and the best way to approach the game and make sure we get the right result.”
“We have to show a bit of intelligence and hold our nerve.
“There is more than one way to skin a cat and as much as you might want to go for the throat, that’s maybe not always the best way.

“We have to find a way of making sure that we are not easy to play against by making ourselves open.”

The boss also believes the players recognise the importance of keeping Wolves in the division, not only for the club and supporters but also their own careers and hopes for next season.

“I’ve had my playing career and they are still in the middle of theirs and some are just starting out,” he added.

“It is important for all of the players’ careers.
“They can see that if we can just stay up this season we could end up going up into the Premier League instead of going the other way.

“Win these couple of games and we can think about that. It’s in the balance but we can do it.”



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