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Hunt On Support


11:42 4th March 2013

Winger pleased to be back in fray

Stephen Hunt today said Wolves players have no issues being criticised before or after games – but has called for full support during the 90 minutes.

The winger was dismayed by the tone of supporters’ songs in the closing stages of Friday’s 1-1 draw with Watford, which came prior to Bakary Sako’s injury time leveller.

Hunt said he had no problems with any jeers which greeted his substitution, but was more concerned with the nature of the chanting after he had come off.

“I can deal with the boos and I think we all can and should because we know we should be in a better position,” he said.

“I hadn’t realised that there had been a few jeers when I came off but that’s fine, it’s water off a duck’s back and I can take it.

“But we are now in a position where we need to get out of it and in my opinion the sarcasm in the songs doesn’t help.

“We can deal with the boos and the abuse coming down the tunnel and getting jeered off.

“That would be a better time for fans to get rid of all their frustrations, before or after the match.

“I think we all need to take a look at ourselves and of course that includes us – the players – who need to do better.

“We are all frustrated as well and maybe it doesn’t come across like that but we are.”

It was Hunt’s first league start since the final day of last season at Wigan, further hernia surgery having kept him out this season followed by a lingering chest infection in recent weeks.

Whilst acknowledging a level of rustiness to his play, Hunt provided an energetic presence and is confident he will get better the more action he gets.

“I was happy with how I felt during the game fitness-wise,” he said.

“I was a little bit rusty but it was my first league start for ten months and the manager knows and I know what I could have done better.

“I got myself into some good positions and should have done better with the one in the second half where I got in and couldn’t get the ball down.

“I probably should have taken it down more simply but I will keep getting in those positions.

“I’d had 45 minutes of a reserve game and then had a bad chest infection which had been knocking me about for two or three weeks.

“I want to try and help the team and do my bit and that is still the case between now and the end of the season.

“I will be better and stronger for it and am ready to give my all and make a contribution.

“I will get better with games and whether it’s left wing or right wing I know I can do a job.

“I am still happy at Wolves and want to do well for Wolves.”

Hunt and the squad travel to Millwall later today ahead of tomorrow’s game at the New Den which has taken on added significance after results elsewhere at the weekend, in particular Peterborough’s 3-2 win at Blackburn.

“Playing on Friday meant we were able to look at the results coming in on Saturday which were none too pleasing,” he added.

“We never thought we’d be looking at results at that end of the table but we are so we have to deal with it and get out of trouble.

“We have to do better.

“Maybe confidence is missing but we need to get the winning mentality back by hook or by crook, starting at Millwall.

“It is going to be hard work and we may to grind a result out but we just need to stay together and get a win no matter how it comes.

“One win doesn’t necessarily change everything but it is certainly needed and would get us off on the right track.”


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