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'Stand Up And Be Counted'

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10:30 15th March 2013

Boss calling for 'strength of character'

Wolves boss Dean Saunders wants his players to stand up and be counted as they prepare for what he has already called a 'six-pointer' against Bristol City tomorrow.
The visitors are the only team below Saunders' men in the nPower Championship table - with the two sides separated by goal difference alone.
As the manager faced the media ahead of the crunch clash, he stressed the importance of his players displaying the required mental strength to rise to the challenge.
"Wolves are a big club, and - as professionals - we all want to play for big clubs," Saunders said. "When you play for a big club, the price on the ticket is that you've got to stand up and be counted when things aren't going well.
"You've got to do it when the chips are down, you've got to produce in those key, pressure situations. That's why you pay millions for players, because they have that strength of character and are able to produce.
"Strength of character and strength of mind - you have to get out there and produce, especially when you're bang under pressure as we are now."
After registering his first win as Wolves boss at Millwall last Tuesday, Saunders is now looking for a first victory at Molineux, having drawn three and lost two of his home games so far.
Whilst acknowledging the frustrations of the home fans - who last saw their side win at Molineux on December 8 - the Welshman is adamant that there should be no sense of disharmony as the players take to the field tomorrow.
"I think the players' performances on Saturday will get the crowd going because they're all up for it, the players - they all know what's in front of them.
"They know how we've got to start the game and they know how important the points are. Not only can we win ourselves, but we can seriously damage Bristol City, that's what makes it such a big game."
He added: "There's a lot of frustration around, but the supporters have stuck right behind the team all  the way through, and it's up to us to get the crowd on the edge of their seats on Saturday.
"They want to watch effort - players who are determined and who care about the club. Players who chase every ball, fight for every challenge and want to get on the end of things in both boxes - that's all the supporters want."
Tomorrow's opponents have seen a resurgence in recent weeks, and are unbeaten in their last four league games under manager Sean O'Driscoll.
However, Saunders is confident that if his players maintain the level of performance they have shown in recent weeks, they can take a big step towards Championship survival.
"Both teams need the three points, and we'll be going all out to get them," he said. "They've had a couple of clean sheets recently and they got a great win up at Middlesbrough last week.
"But our performances have gradually been getting better and the win was coming. We've then run into a Forest team that are bang on form, but we can't let that defeat knock us.
"We've got to win four or five games. Hopefully we can get it done quickly, so we're not scrambling round for wins in the final few games," he continued.
"We've got a couple of home games in front of us now, and we've got to focus on getting six points out of those." 

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