Dean Saunders has praised the attitude and determination of his players in last night’s victory at Millwall as they registered a first win in 14 games to climb out of the relegation zone.
Goals from Dave Edwards and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake underpinned a fine team performance in the 2-0 win, boosting confidence levels ahead of Saturday’s tough trip to in-form Nottingham Forest.
It was the first win for Saunders since taking the helm at Molineux, and he was keen to pay credit to the players for sticking with it and showing the right attitude to get back to winning ways.
“The players were very determined before the game and did great,” he said.
“You could see the determination from the way they were talking in the dressing room before the game.
“The way they have gone about things since I have been here has been great and they have stuck at it after kick in the teeth, kick in the teeth and kick in the teeth.
“They have stuck together as a group and have stuck to what I have asked them to do.
“We played some great football out from the back last night and hurt their defenders when we got at them.
“That wasn’t our best performance – we have played just as well in other games and come out on the wrong end of the result.
“But sometimes it is about the break of the ball in the box.
“They were putting balls in the box and if it just drops differently you could lose a game you’ve played well in.”
Saunders freshened up the team last night making four changes, and it was two of the players coming in – Edwards and Ebanks-Blake – who notched the crucial goals.
“I gave Jack Robinson a rest because he has played three games since he came in,” the boss explained.
“Wardy came in and did well and I thought Doherty did great.
“He made one mistake right on half time but apart from that he won all his headers and defended really well.
“Jamie O’Hara and Karl Henry got the better of the midfield and Dave Edwards came in and worked his socks off and got a great goal.
“Sako is doing a job and is trying to defend even though that is not his strength and the two strikers worked really hard and did great.
“Normally if your strikers play well you win.
“All the players worked hard and as I keep saying it’s not rocket science.
“It’s all about getting good players to work hard because if they don’t work hard you end up with nothing.”
The boss meanwhile insisted he was never going to waver from his own convictions despite a difficult start to his Wolves career, but equally is not getting carried away, knowing there is much more work to be done in the remaining ten games to preserve npower Championship status.
“I am confident in what I am telling them, I know how to get teams to win because I have done it before and I know how to tighten teams up,” he added.
“You have to believe that what you are telling them is right and they have stuck at it.
“We got the ball out from the back from the goalkeeper so many times and considering our results, and it was such a crucial game, it took some nerve for the defenders to get the ball from Carl.
“I said to them not to worry if they made a mistake if you are playing out from the back.
“Jamie was getting the ball out from the goalkeeper and we were stopping their momentum coming forward.
“We are out of the bottom three now.
“A couple of wins we will be jumping above a few teams and looking to 12th, 13th, 14th.
“But there is a long way to go yet.
“We knew we had to win last night and now hopefully we can push on and get out of the situation we are in.”