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Upsetting The Odds


08:32 15th April 2013

Boss calls for swift response

Boss Dean Saunders has called on his players to defy the league table and come up with a much-needed win against promotion-chasing Hull.

The Tigers arrive at Molineux tomorrow night in second place in the npower Championship table and boasting a six point cushion over Watford with just four games to go.

With Wolves having dropped back into the bottom three after defeats against Bolton and Huddersfield, Hull will be favourites to cement their place in the automatic promotion places.

“Sometimes it helps to come up against a good team like Hull because we’ll probably be given no chance,” said the boss.

“They are bang on form but on our day we can beat anybody.

“Nothing surprises you in this division.

“Look at Barnsley – they have lost 6-0 at home today which is a freak result.

“We have got to lick our wounds and come back and get a result on Tuesday.

“We can’t sit in a corner and sulk –  we were back in yesterday getting straight on with preparing for Hull.

“What we’re going to have to do is keep the ball out of our net a little bit better than we have been doing at the minute.

“We’ve looked good going forward but defensively can’t be letting goals in like we have.”

Saunders has also refuted suggestions his players are suffering from a lack of passion, although acknowledged belief and confidence always suffer in difficult periods.

“I don’t think it’s a lack of passion,” he said.

“Belief might be a problem but not passion.

“None of those players want to play in League One – they all want to do well in their careers and go forward.

“And I certainly don’t want the team to end up in League One.

“It might look like it from the side in terms of a lack of passion but no one was saying that when we won three games on the trot.

“Saturday’s game hinged in two minutes on us having the chance to win it to them getting a goal and then another and Jamie getting sent off.”

Saturday’s defeat to rivals Huddersfield – coupled with results elsewhere – sent Wolves back into the bottom three.

The current total of 48 points would have ensured survival by no fewer than eight points last season, but with so many teams hitting form Saunders believes it may yet require a further seven or nine to beat the drop.

“We’ve already gone past the total which kept you up last season,” he said.

“Our results haven’t been that bad and we’ve been on a decent run but the other teams are picking up wins.

“We have got to keep going because we can definitely win three games out of four.”

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