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Hunt Fronts Up


11:44 29th April 2013

Winger after Burnley loss

Wolves winger Stephen Hunt attempted to articulate the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat against Burnley, which left the team on the brink of suffering successive relegations.

Wolves went down 2-1 at home to the Clarets, and that result, coupled with wins elsewhere for Barnsley and Peterborough, left Dean Saunders' side needing three results to go their way on Saturday - the final day of the season - if they are to have any chance of remaining in the nPower Championship.

Hunt was part of the squad that were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the last campaign, and he believes that the playing staff must take their share of responsibility as the club faces up to the prospect of League One football.

Speaking immediately after the game, the Irishman said: "The league table doesn't lie unfortunately - you have to take it on the chin.

"There's not much more you can say really - it's a disaster for the club if it happens, but it (successive relegations) has happened to teams before and it will probably happen again.

"It's about a rebuilding process now, so hopefully the club will come back stronger. It's to do with what happens on the pitch at the end of the day - our performances across the season as a whole have got us relegated and we as players have to take it on the chin."

Hunt also gave an insight into the feeling in the dressing room after the final whistle, and said that he can sympathise with the club's supporters.

"I fully understand the fans' frustrations," he said. "The players do care - a lot of people in that dressing room are speechless, they're absolutely gutted.

"Losing is a habit, and there is a lack of confidence in that dressing room. When you've got no confidence, that shows in your body language, and from the stands, that might look as if players don't care.

"It's more to do with confidence though - everybody cares."

Hunt also gave his backing to Saunders, who replaced Stale Solbakken in January. Under the Welshman, Wolves went nine games without a win before putting together a run which saw them pick up five victories in eight games.

The crushing defeats away at Charlton Athletic and at home to Burnley have left Wolves in their current predicament, with the outstanding form of the other teams in and around the relegation battle meaning they have not been able to move away from the foot of the table.

"Fair play to the teams around us," Hunt said. "They've been under pressure as well and they've ended up getting more points than us - for Barnsley to pick up a win against a Hull side that know a victory would see them promoted is amazing.

"You have to give credit to them and Peterborough. It's a crazy league in many ways and it's hard to swallow."

He continued: "The manager has come in and it sometimes takes time for a manager to settle. But he's obviously bedded in and over the last ten games we've done well - we've been right up there in the form table.

"He absolutely should be given the chance to continue."

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