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Work To Be Done


09:30 17th April 2013

Boss keeping focus

Wolves boss Dean Saunders has cautioned there remains much work to be done for the team to secure survival this season.

Last night’s victory at Hull came at a crucial time and means Wolves have won five of their last eight games, but still they are only out of the bottom three on goal difference.

And with a tough trip to Charlton on Saturday (3pm) the first of the three final games of the season, the boss expects many more twists and turns to come.

“We’re out of the bottom three with three games to go but we have still got a lot of work to do,” he said.

“We still need to get more results.

“It’s in our hands and if we win the three games left nobody can get above us.

“That is what we have got to look at and what we have got to aim for.

“That’s what we’ve got to look at now instead of just thinking of getting a win and maybe a draw.

“We’ve got to try and win the three games and then we’re safe.

“Every point now is important – it is a tough league and anybody can beat anybody.

“I think Peterborough have gone 10 games without losing and they are still down there.”

So was last night a significant night?  Only if Wolves don’t relax, according to Saunders, who was quick to praise the contribution of the home fans who have now seen their team take ten points from the last five games at Molineux.

“We scored a great goal at the right time and the fans got right behind us,” he said.

“They were brilliant and singing the lads in with ten minutes to go and trying to make sure everybody kept going.

“The players had to dig deep to stay with the runners and the right back was bombing on and I was thinking it was a matter of time before he connected with one of those crosses with Jack trying to stop him.

“Wardy was chasing back trying to help Jack and I was wondering how long they could do it for.

“But the crowd got behind us and drove the players on.

“We have got to make sure we are mentally tight now for Saturday and we don’t think that is it otherwise we are back where we started again.”

Saunders acknowledged it was also a difficult task in many ways for his players to try and keep the ball last night given Wolves were playing at home and perhaps expected to make the running in the same way as in the early stages against Huddersfield.

“If you play for a big club you’ve got to be a big player and have mental strength,” he said.

“That is the same at every big club.

“They expect you to win and they expect you to get after teams especially at home.

“But we were counter-attacking last night and came away with a win.”

There was also the dilemma last night for Stephen Hunt, who twice stayed on his feet inside the penalty area when contact from a Hull opponent could have seen him go to ground.

“That is what happened when you keep pointing fingers at the strikers for diving,” said Saunders.

“There were two penalties but Hunty stayed on his feet, being honest, and you can’t fault him for that.

“Hopefully we get a bit of luck from that in the next couple of games!”

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