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'We Must Kick On'


10:30 8th March 2013

Boss eager to maintain momentum

Wolves boss Dean Saunders has spoken of his determination not to allow his team to go 'back to square one' following his opening victory in charge.
Tuesday's 2-0 win at Millwall was Wolves' first in fourteen games, and although the manager admits to a sense of 'relief', he is desperate for his side to continue the momentum gained from the victory at The Den.
Saunders' side are now a point and a place above the relegation zone, and will be looking to haul themselves further away from trouble when they travel to Nottingham Forest tomorrow (3pm).
"I am relieved," Saunders told the media ahead of the trip to the City Ground. "The result has been coming, our performances have been good and deserving of a win.
"I'm just relieved for the supporters, for the players, for the chairman and for Jez more so than me really. It's a big relief for everyone at the club but now we've got to push on from that.
"We've been able to enjoy the win for a few days but now it's back to business. We need to get a good result on Saturday otherwise we're back to square one."
The victory in South East London was preceded by a 1-1 draw with promotion-chasing Watford at Molineux, and Saunders believes that Bakary Sako's late equaliser last Friday evening gave his players added belief going to Millwall.
"I said at the end of that game that it could kick-start our season," he explains. "Sako getting that goal in the 94th minute - it gives the players belief. Every little bit of success gives them confidence, so hopefully we can take that into the Forest game.
"The three points we got at Millwall makes the Watford draw a good point - that's two games without defeat now, but we've got to kick on from here and get some more points on the board."
He adds: "We need four or five wins, I think. Obviously if we think we've cracked it, we'll be right back to square one, so I've got to emphasise to the players that the one win is just the start and we need four or five more to get us into a decent position."
The first of Wolves' ten remaining games is at one of Saunders' former clubs, Nottingham Forest, tomorrow, and the boss believes his side will have to be at their best to take anything from one of the division's form teams.
"We know exactly what to expect from a Billy Davies team," the manager explains. "They'll be organised and will work hard. They've got class players all through the side and their bench is strong too.
"They've got a good squad and we've got to find a way to stop them.
"Players like Reid, Guedioura and Lansbury are all good on the ball, then they've got talented forwards that are worth millions. Billy's teams are always workmanlike and that's the secret of football - getting good players to work hard."
Saunders spent a season at the City Ground towards the end of his playing career, and believes that the club is ready for a top flight return.
"It's a great club - they've got a big tradition and they've spent a long time trying to get out of this league. They deserve to be in the Premier League and they're getting closer- I think they'll get into the play-offs this season."

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