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Hunt: "It's Up To Us"


12:20 28th January 2013

Mixed feelings after Molineux return

Stephen Hunt today acknowledged it was up to the Wolves players to turn the club’s fortunes around and start picking up the results to move away from the lower end of the table.


Hunt made his return after four months out through injury as a late substitute at left back in the closing stages of Saturday’s defeat against Blackpool, a game which Wolves lost 2-1.


The Republic of Ireland international admits it is difficult to explain why Wolves have struggled over the season, but says digging in and sticking together will be the main requirement to turn things around.


“We’ve been in a losing habit for a while and we have to try to get rid of this hangover,” says Hunt.


“We have to get rid of it pretty quickly because we’ve got a lot of tough games coming up and we need to get some points on the board quickly.


“I’ll tell you what, we need to stick together.


“We need a team – not a group of individuals – and our quality will shine through, but there’s no guarantee unless you win the fight and show the necessary desire.


“We could have won on Saturday if Sylvan had scored that chance to make it 2-1 – I was already jumping and it hadn’t gone in.


“But he scored with a wonderful header in the first half.


“The players go out on that pitch and take responsibility.


“Players in this team have won this division playing for Reading and Wolves so we know how to win games and we need to start winning games quickly.”


Defeat left Wolves seven points clear of the relegation zone albeit with the three teams in there having a game in hand.


Boss Dean Saunders, three games into his Molineux tenure, has already spoken of the need to get some points on the board to move away from the current position.


And Hunt agrees that Wolves shouldn’t think they are naturally safe from being dragged into trouble.


He added:  “I’ve said it to the boys that we need to get going quickly so we’re not involved in the scramble to stay up.


“No team in this division can say they’re too good to avoid the drop because it can happen if they’re not at it.


“We need to be at the races because you have to earn the right to play in this division – look at Portsmouth, they got to an FA Cup final and now they’re in League One.


“They’ve had a shock.


“I’m not saying we’re in trouble or anything but we need to pick up points quickly and try to get rid of the doom and gloom.”


On a personal note Hunt is now keen to build upon his brief return to action having come through a frustrating spell on the sidelines thanks to a troublesome hip/thigh problem.


“It was nice to get 20-odd minutes under my belt, even though it was at left back,” he added.


“I’ve played there before and I don’t mind playing there, it’s just disappointing to lose.


“I’ve been out for four months and I’ve had four days’ training so to be fair I said to the boss on Friday that I’ve ran my socks off for six weeks knowing that if I got fit, I could hopefully come straight back into the team.


“From my point of view, all I want to do is play because I know how frustrated I’ve been for the last four months – being stuck in the gym.


“So I’m not going to get involved in all the doom and gloom.


“I’m just going to enjoy it and try to score some goals.”


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