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09:00 15th January 2013

Davis on squad unity

David Davis has stressed the importance of togetherness as Wolves aim to climb the table, and says Friday night's 1-1 draw against Blackburn saw them start life under Dean Saunders as they mean to go on.

The midfielder played 74 minutes against Rovers, being replaced by Jamie O'Hara just before Roger Johnson headed home Wolves' equaliser.

During his first week in the job, Saunders had emphasised the need for everyone to pull in the same direction, both on and off the pitch, and Davis believes that sense of unity was evident as Wolves halted a run of four successive defeats.

"No individuals win games," the midfielder says. "It's all about the team - individual magic can happen but that's very rare, so if the whole team are doing well then we will more than likely win the game."

Along with O'Hara, who is still returning to full fitness after a long spell out with a groin problem, Slawomir Peszko made his first Molineux appearance since October with a 30 minute cameo, and Davis is confident that the return of such players will boost Wolves further.

"Obviously it's good to have competition for places but I think getting these players back will boost us in general as well,” he added.

"Because of where we are in the table we need everyone - we need our best players at all times.

“If that means some people don't make the team, then so be it, as long as we start to climb the table."

The midfielder was also keen to praise the supporters, who were vocal in their encouragement of Saunders and his players on Friday, which Davis says is of huge benefit as the squad battles to turn the season around.

"The fans can be our twelfth man, and they were on Friday," he explains. "We need to start home games on top of teams and set a good tempo to put the opposition on the back foot.

"When the supporters get behind us, like they did against Blackburn, it's easier for us to play at a higher tempo - it's like having an extra man on the pitch."

As well as a touchline debut for Saunders, Friday also saw a first start in Wolves colours for young frontman Jake Cassidy, who returned to the club this month following a second impressive loan spell at Tranmere Rovers.

The Welsh under-21 international partnered Kevin Doyle up front, and Davis, who made his own Molineux bow just under a year ago, thinks that Cassidy can continue his progression under fellow countryman Saunders.

"I think he did really well for his first game," Davis says. "He can take confidence from that and really build on it. He will go from strength to strength now, he's just got to keep working hard and stay in the team."


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