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Hunty Warms To The Task


09:00 18th April 2013

Midfielder has safety in mind.

Stephen Hunt was clearly delighted with Tuesday’s crucial victory over Hull but the midfielder knows the job isn’t done yet.

The injury crisis at Molineux forced Dean Saunders to play the Irish international in a different role than usual and he admitted that it took him a little while to warm to the task.

He said: “There are three games to go now - we've got ourselves out of trouble before and now we're going to have to do it again. We've just got to move on to Charlton now, get a positive result there and bring it back to our place with safety in mind. 

“I played in the hole on Tuesday to do a job, to try and break the play up a little bit. They (Hull) play three in midfield and they're rigid, hard to play against, hard to break down, and if anyone was going to win it would have been 1-0 for sure. It was nice to get a clean sheet as well.

“Sometimes I like playing there. I didn't so much in the first half, I just couldn't catch my breath to be honest with you - we were passing back and forth but it was difficult to try and create angles. 

“I wasn't at my best first half, but I was getting back in my own box and clearing balls away. It's my second game in two or three days, so I was feeling it a bit and I gave it away a few times. But like I say, I was back defending in my own box and I'm pleased with that.

“Luckily enough though, we managed to mix it up in the second half, and that was the right formula and it got us the win.

“Charlton won 6-0 on Saturday - it's a third game in a week (Saturday’s fixture at The Valley), we're going to have tired legs and tired bodies. But we've got to get over this now and go again.”

It was refreshing to hear that Hunt was twice caught in the visitors area but tried to keep his feet on each occasion.

“I should have gone down really and got penalties, but it just doesn't cross my mind to go down in those situations. They clipped my legs both times.”

Of Irish team-mate and match winner Kevin Doyle, Hunty added: It's amazing - when you get early balls into Doyle, he thrives on that. 

“I know how Kevin Doyle plays and I know what he wants. Björn's slipped him in early and even though it's his weaker foot, he's put his head down and struck through it.

“Tuesday was all about Wolves getting the result, but I wish my former club all the best in trying to get up.”

Of his own future he admitted: "I'd like to stay, I'm settled here, so hopefully I can help them stay up then sit down and talk about a new deal.”

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