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Kaspars Hails Spirit

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09:00 1st April 2013

Hard work is the key, says Gorkss

Defender Kaspars Gorkss believes that Wolves' battling qualities will be key as the club continue their fight against relegation from the nPower Championship in the Midlands derby at St Andrews this afternoon.

The 3-2 victory over Middlesbrough at Molineux on Saturday was Wolves' third in four league games, and means they are in the bottom three on goal difference alone going into the final seven games of the campaign.

Although acknowledging the moments of quality which earned Wolves the points against Boro, the on-loan Reading defender was keen to point out the importance of hard work and team spirit as they look to continue their recent upturn in results.

"At this time in the season, you need to grind results out, particularly when you're in the position we're in," Gorkss said after the game.

"We have to work hard as a team. That's the first thing we have to do when we go out onto the pitch - make sure we work harder than the opposition.

"The position we're in means that there are some nerves about, and confidence isn't as high as we'd like it to be, but everyone keeps going and sticks together, and we'll keep grinding these results out."

After battling back from a goal down to beat Bristol City a fortnight ago, Wolves again put the Molineux faithful through a frantic afternoon on Saturday as they were pegged back twice by Tony Mowbray's side, only to see Kevin Doyle nod the winning goal, just as he did against the Robins.

Gorkss continued: "For a neutral I suppose it was a great game to watch, but for us playing it was quite frustrating. We worked hard for our goals and we then conceded quite easily.

"I'm sure we'll analyse their goals, but I think we probably made the game too open at times - we could have been a bit more compact and more difficult to break down.

"The main thing is three points though, and although we looked a bit nervous at times, we got there in the end and that's all that matters."

The centre-half, who has started every game since joining on loan from the Royals in mid-February, was also eager to emphasise the importance of team spirit among the squad, which he says, despite the perilous league position, remains strong.

"That's the good thing about this squad," he explained. "There's a very good team spirit, everyone is very together and that's really important given the position we're in at the moment.

"We conceded more or less straight after we scored our second, but we came back even stronger than before and that shows the belief and team spirit that we have."

He added: "Some of the players put an unbelievable shift in today - I can't really put my finger on what's changed in the last few games, but we'll keep going and keep concentrating on ourselves.

"We can't look at other teams and expect them to do us a favour - it's very hard to predict what's going to happen in this league but we now have to go into Monday's game focusing and believing again."

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