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11:55 15th March 2013

Boss's call to players

Dean Saunders says he has shared some home truths with his players during his time in the Molineux hotseat, and is hoping that his honesty will pay off as Wolves chase their first home win in three months tomorrow.

Wolves welcome relegation rivals Bristol City to Molineux having slipped to within goal difference of bottom spot in the nPower Championship table.

They have picked up just a single win in fifteen games under Saunders and predecessor Stale Solbakken, and the manager says that he has encouraged the players to be honest in their assessment of their own role in the poor run.

"If you sat all the players down individually and asked them, they'd all say they haven't done enough, if they were being honest," he says.

"You've got to make sure that when you go out on the pitch on a Saturday, you get the better of your opposite number - that is why you're getting paid the wage you are.

"I've told them what I think - I tell them the truth and I don't care how it goes down. You either accept it or you don't. With some players, you have to reassure and encourage them, and with some, you have to guard against complacency - the art of management is getting it right most of the time."

After clinching his first win as Wolves boss away at Millwall last week, Saunders watched as his side lost out to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday

"It's frustrating because we were on top before we scored, then we got a goal back and they score again within thirty seconds.

"It was a great goal from Henri Lansbury to be fair, he's bent it around both Kaspars and Carl Ikeme, and that's probably the difference between the two sides - they've got more players who can produce a goal like that.

"I don't paper over the cracks - if I think we've been battered, I'll tell them, but on the other hand, if the game could have gone either way - like it could at Forest - I'll tell them that too."

The boss also confirmed that he is still trying to add to his squad before the Football League loan window closes on March 28, but added that the search is proving a frustrating one.

"I spoke to a Premier league striker this week," he revealed. "I don't think it will happen though - obviously the situation we're in doesn't help us.

"We're working away to try and get players in, but Premier League teams don't want to let anyone go until tey know they're safe from relegation.

"Things are coming in all the time though, as we speak. Managers are changing their minds about players, but these players have different options - and some of those options will be clubs not involved in a relegation fight. Not everyone wants to come into the situation we're in - it's not fun."

The boss has no fresh injury worries ahead of tomorrow's game, with only George Elokobi, Wayne Hennessey and Razak Boukari unavailable.

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