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Into The Lions' Den

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10:00 5th March 2013

Saunders on tonight's opponents

Wolves manager Dean Saunders insists his side have to be up for the fight if they are to end their winless run against Millwall this evening (7.45pm).
After earning a late point against promotion-chasing Watford at home on Friday, Wolves travel to London looking to end a sequence of thirteen matches without victory.
If they are to do so, Saunders says, they must be prepared for a battle against the team that took three points from Molineux earlier on in the season.
"They've got a team full of fighters," the manager says. "Kenny (Jackett) doesn't sign anyone that doesn't work hard. We've got to go there and show our fighting spirit and our quality.
"Millwall are a hard-working, battling team and they fight for every point. They're having an up and down season, but Kenny's got a group of players there that are working their socks off.
"Our players are fighting, and for us to get an equaliser so late in the game on Friday was a major boost. After you've done that - and we did it against Leeds as well -  you know you're never dead and you've got the belief that you can score late in games."
After a terrific run of results - including a 1-0 win at Molineux in November - towards the end of 2012, the Lions have seen their league form dip dramatically in recent weeks.
They have registered just one win in their last eight Championship games, but despite this, Saunders is full of praise for the job his former international team-mate is doing at the helm.
 "Kenny's a good manager. I played alongside him for Wales so I know him well," Saunders explains. "He's obviously not got the biggest budget in the league, but he manages to keep them competitive every year.
"He's just lost Chris Wood who had been banging the goals in, so that's a blow to him, and they haven't got millions of pounds to replace their players but he's doing a good job.
Despite their inconsistent league form of late, Millwall have progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, defeating Aston Villa and Wolves' cup conquerors Luton Town on their way through to the last eight.
They will face Blackburn Rovers in an all-Championship quarter-final on Sunday, but the Wolves manager is sure that Jackett won't allow his team to lose focus ahead of tonight's league battle.
"They had a good result in the league against Middlesbrough a few weeks back, and they're still in the FA Cup, which can either drag your results along or hamper your league form," Saunders told the media before departing for London yesterday.
"Hopefully, from our point of view, it affects their league form, because if we win we'll close the gap between us and them to five points."
He adds: "They'll be taking this game seriously though, I don't think they'll be resting players for this weekend. They'll have their full team out trying to get three points."
Despite Wolves taking just five points from their previous thirteen games, Saunders is adamant that Bakary Sako's late leveller against Watford at Molineux on Friday evening can act as a springboard ahead of tonight's fixture.
"There is a mood of frustration and disappointment around at the moment, but we could have taken a result against Cardiff, and we took a point off Watford, who I believe are the best team in the league and will end up getting promotion," he continues.
"We now have to take that fighting spirit to Millwall and build on that result."

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