Dean Saunders today urged the Wolves players to embrace the pressure of Saturday’s big game with Bristol City – as he praised fans for their continued support.
Wolves’ form at Molineux this season has fallen well below expectations, but fans have still turned out and got behind the team despite repeated setbacks.
That has been noted by the boss, who is 11 games into his Wolves’ reign, but he is also well aware of the need for the players to set the tone for Saturday’s game.
“In the next four home games, we need everyone pulling together and all the supporters behind us because we’ve got the support that can make a difference and they do,” said the boss.
“If you go to Wolves and get a point it should be a good result – that’s what the opposition will be saying because it’s a tough place to come.
“Our players have to stand up and use their mental strength to do what they’re good at, no matter what the circumstances, and we’ll get the right results.”
“In these situations the stronger characters come through.
“A lot of players here have been here some time and they have played in big games.
“This is what football is all about isn’t it? It’s all there to play for.
“It’s the same pressure at the other end of the table because when you’re at the top, you’ve got to win to get into the play-offs or whatever.
“Playing under pressure is part of football – you’ve got to play when the chips are down and when the pressure is on.
“That’s when you’ve got to produce and that’s when all the top players produce.
“The win at Millwall did us good and we were the bounce of the ball away from winning on Saturday.
“We just need to stay in this league this season and then we can start again.”
Bristol City will arrive at Molineux on an impressive run under recently-appointed boss Sean O’Driscoll, with eight points from their last four games including three successive clean sheets.
Like any team, they will have their strengths and weaknesses and Saunders is keen for Wolves to exploit the latter to try and get the result which would add fresh impetus to the bid for survival.
He added: “They’re down there for a reason like us, and we’ve got to prey on it.
“We’ll have a plan ready where we can exploit where they’re not very good.
“It’s definitely a game we can look forward to. They’re below us and we’ve got to keep them there.”