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Hunt On Hull


12:00 16th April 2013

'Relish the challenge' says Stephen

Stephen Hunt is preparing to face his former club tonight, and has called on his Wolves team-mates to 'relish' the challenge ahead of them.

Back-to-back defeats have seen Wolves slip back into the bottom three, and Dean Saunders' side are now two points from safety with just four games of the campaign to play.

Now, ahead of tonight's game against promotion-chasing Hull City - the first of the four games which will decide Wolves' fate - Hunt has urged his team-mates to call on their experience and fighting spirit to boost their survival hopes.

"We have to stick together as a team now," he says. "We've been in this situation before and we've got to relish the chance of winning the games and if we don't, we'll be in trouble.

"We're two points from safety but we've got to come out fighting, give it our all and see where that gets us.

"I think we probably need three wins at least - but we've been on a run like that in previous weeks and we've got to do it again now. You have to relish it - what else can we do?"

Hunt admits that tonight's fixture will be a testing one, as Hull - the club at which the Irishman spent a season before joining Wolves in the summer of 2010 - look to take a step closer to securing promotion back to the top flight.

"We've got to be stronger as a team tonight, because Hull City are a rigid, strong side," he explains.

"They play 3-5-2 which is different from most of the other teams we face but we've got to combat that and get after them."

Wolves will be looking to bounce back from Saturday's demoralising defeat to relegation rivals Huddersfield, during which Stephen Ward gave the home side an early lead before they were pegged back on the half hour mark.

Substitute Jermaine Beckford then scored twice in two second-half minutes to put the game beyond Wolves, who then had Jamie O'Hara sent off for shoving Keith Southern.

Hunt says: "It's unfortunate, but we had to get that second goal. We couldn't defend one so we had to go again - Roger then had a chance at 1-1 but he couldn't take it.

"For their first goal, Scannell got past myself and Doherty on the wing and he scored a good goal, but we shouldn't have allowed him inside - we should have done better.

"Then their second and third were sucker punches - we shouldn't be giving goals away like that. We got hit by a sucker punch, but that's football.

"It was so frustrating because until then, they hadn't really caused us any problems. Then went they went ahead they looked like a different team and they grew in confidence."

Despite the disappointment though, Hunt is determined that Wolves approach tonight's fixture in a positive manner.

"We've just got to crack on with another big game," he says. "We haven't got time to feel sorry for ourselves - we've got to pick ourselves up and go again.

"Saturday was disappointing, but we can't do anything about it now. We have to recover well and go again because we haven't got time to dwell on it."

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