Dean Saunders tonight urged his team to make the last-gasp point against Watford a watershed moment to climb the Championship table after a dramatic 1-1 draw at Molineux.
Bakary Sako’s injury time equaliser cancelled out Almen Abdi’s superb first half free kick to send the home crowd into raptures and give Wolves something to build on with 11 games remaining.
Wolves will still keep an eye on tomorrow’s npower Championship fixtures occupying the relegation places, but with the manager hoping for a fresh injection of belief having come back against the high-flying Hornets.
“It isn’t a win but it does feel like it when you get an equaliser in injury time,” he said.
“Great credit to the players, they are fighting and hopefully it will give them belief.
“Watford are a good team and we knew that – they have scored a lot goals all season and are very good away from home.
“They are second in the league , have some very good technical players and have been on a great run.
“They got the first goal and that was always going to be a problem because they are very good on the break.
“I don’t think it was a free kick but the lad took it well and bent it over the wall.
“I thought we contained them for most of the first half but once they get in front they are very good on the counter and that meant we were up against it having to chase the game.
“It’s St David’s Day today so I thought I might get a bit of luck but I didn’t realise their keeper Bond was Welsh as well!
“He had a good day and made two great saves in the first half from Kevin Doyle and Björn.
“At half time the players were a bit down because it was another punch in the chin for them but they came out in the second half and stayed in the game.
“I knew Watford would get a few chances on the break but we crept back into the game.
“When Jack (Robinson) missed the chance when it came across the face I wondered if we’d get another chance but the players are fighting but it feels like we have won.”
So can the last gasp draw prove a turning point, particularly with Wolves clearly needing wins and quickly?
“I hope so, it could turn the season for us,” said Saunders.
“At Doncaster the number of goals we scored in injury time was ridiculous.
“That normally happens when you are at the top because the players have got the belief they can beat anyone and score at any time.
“I was pleased with the fight and the determination of the players and I was pleased with the three subs when they came on.
“I thought Dave Davis did well.
“He must have won about 15 tackles when he came on, Sylvan looked dangerous when the ball came bear him in and around the box and Jake Cassidy worked hard as well.
“I thought the three of them came on and made a difference for us.
“I am pleased for the players because people may think they don’t care and they don’t try sometimes but they are all trying and having a go – believe me.
“I have just got to keep them going.
“We have got to take the feeling we have got now into Tuesday’s game and believe we can beat Millwall.
“And if we win there then this becomes a good point.
“Then we have got Forest and then some teams who are around us in the table.
“It is tough at the minute but we are fighting and hopefully we can get ourselves out of this position.
“The confidence of the players is the biggest problem and sometimes we get to loose balls second and are not on the front foot.
“That’s because when you lose your confidence every step you take can be a doubt and every chance you have you think you are going to miss.
“I know the supporters are frustrated and there is frustration around the building because we shouldn’t be in this position.
“I have been brought in to get us in a better position and am trying my best and the players are trying their best.
“Things don’t go for you sometimes and their keeper made two great saves but we have to keep going.
“We are in a sticky situation now and need every point.
“It’s a good point against a team near the top of the league and we could have done the same against Cardiff at the weekend.
“All my career I have set about proving the doubters wrong and I am going to do that here as well.”