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Target Two Wins


10:30 26th April 2013

Boss wants victories to be sure

Wolves boss Dean Saunders says he is keen not to over-complicate the task facing his team as they go into their penultimate game of the season against Burnley tomorrow (3pm).

Saunders' side are in the Championship's bottom three ahead of the clash with Burnley and next week's season-ending trip to Brighton, but are still mathematically able to catch no fewer than seven teams above them.

However, whilst acknowledging that a number of scenarios are still possible, the manager says that the target for his players remains very simple.

"There are two games left and we need to win them both," he says. "We'll take both games as they come - we've got Burnley first so we're fully focused on that.

"I said to the lads this morning that that's what we need to focus on. We can get 57 points, and if you go down with 57 points you're very, very unlucky. We can't think any other way really, we don't know how the results will go.

"We've got to believe we can win both games."

Saunders did admit though, that at this late stage of the season, he will be keeping in touch with other scores from elsewhere in the nPower Championship that could affect Wolves' position.

Barnsley, who are below Saunders' men on goal difference, host promotion-chasing Hull City, while Peterborough - above Wolves due to their superior goal difference - entertain Sheffield Wednesday in the day's late kick-off (5.20pm).

Saunders explains: "There are different scenarios. Obviously if the score at our game is level and the other teams are losing, there will be decisions that we have to make.

"We'll be keeping in touch with the other scores, and we'll go through all the scenarios before kick-off. 

"We'll need to know what's going on at the other grounds - the fact is that a point for us on Saturday may end up being a good point or a disastrous point, so we'll have to keep an eye on those other teams.

"It's hard to predict, but the bottom line is that if we get two wins, we're likely to be alright."

Despite the perilous position Wolves find themselves in, their recent form at Molineux has been good - Bristol City, Middlesbrough and Hull have all left the Midlands beaten, while promotion-chasing Watford were held to a draw at the beginning of last month.

Saunders believes that his players can take the belief gained from that impressive run into the Burnley game.

"We beat Hull in our last home game," he says. "So we know we can do it - we've got to relax and play naturally, but at the same team you've got to be conscious of the situation.

"We've got ten points from our last five home games, so we've got nothing to fear. I'll be saying to them 'go out there and play your natural game'."

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