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Pointing The Way Forward

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08:00 2nd April 2013

Boss targets further wins

Boss Dean Saunders admits there is no point even trying to predict how many points it will need to avoid relegation – as Wolves finally moved out of the bottom three after yesterday’s win at Birmingham.

The triumph at St Andrew’s, Wolves first in eight attempts in the league since the very same day of 2001, was a third in succession for Saunders’ team and a fourth in the last five and finally saw them climb out of the relegation zone.

But the teams below still have games in hand – Peterborough and Huddersfield both play tonight – and with so many teams in the bottom half of the table running into form Wolves can’t afford to rest on their laurels.

“We’ve got 48 points and normally on 50 or 51 you’d be fine,” said Saunders.

“I think 52 is the biggest that has gone down in maybe the last 20 years?

“Normally after winning four out of five at this stage we should be out of it or maybe needing one win.

“Normally in any league you win three on the trot and you move a fair few places up but it hasn’t really happened like that.

“I think we might need two or three more wins still the way it is looking.

“We’re not safe of course – you only need to lose a couple or draw one and you are right back in it again.

“And there are a few teams below us who have games in hand.

“It is uncanny that everyone seems to be winning down there.

“They must be adding teams to the league when we’re not looking because we’re not moving anywhere!

“I think we’ve crept up a little bit and the teams above us have come back.

“We’re certainly still not out of it, but we have dug ourselves away from the bottom a little bit.

“It takes a while for a new manager to get ideas across but the players are battling and I think they feel they are part of a team again.

“If we can keep playing like we are playing then we will be fine.”

Whilst insisting nothing much has changed in approach in recent weeks, Saunders acknowledges the players adapting to his methods, and indeed generally improving their form, has played a part in the recent upturn in results.

He added:  “I don’t think we’ve done anything massively different against Birmingham to previous games when we haven’t got results.

“Sylvan missed a chance against Cardiff and Blackpool but against Birmingham the chances went in.

“We have started scoring goals and have got a few players now playing well.

“Björn’s playing well, Kevin Doyle, Hunt, Roger, Sylvan’s banging the goals in and I thought Dave Davis was brilliant in the first half.

“The two young full backs did well too, and it was difficult for them today playing two games in three days.”

Wolves are next in action with another tough away game at play-off chasing Bolton on Saturday, with Dougie Freedman’s side actually able to do the Molineux Men a favour by getting a result against Huddersfield this evening.

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