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Saunders scrambling for right formula

10 February 2013

Wolves manager Dean Saunders vowed to put things right after his side crashed deeper into trouble following the 2-2 npower Championship draw against Leeds United at Molineux.

An injury-time equaliser from central defender Danny Batth ensured that Wolves stayed out of the relegation zone - but only on goal difference. Leeds were denied what would have been a hard-fought win after they bounced back from an own goal by captain Lee Peltier with a strike from Luke Varney and a Ross McCormack penalty.

Saunders, who has taken just three points from his five games in charge, said: "At 1-0 history tells me we won't keep the ball out of our net. If you can't defend goal kicks, long throws and free-kicks then you will concede goals and I have got to do something about it.

"I have been trying for three weeks to get things done but have not been able to get anyone in that we can afford. It is a necessity now. If I sort the back out we will be all right because we looked as good as anyone in the league going forward. Obviously we haven't won for a long time but it is coming because that is the best we have played."

Leeds' manager Neil Warnock, whose side had lost their previous four away games in the Championship, was left frustrated that two priceless points had been lost in their pursuit of a place in the play-offs.

He said: "The frustration for me is that we have just played Cardiff City and Wolves and we should have had six points and I have got one out of both games. I want to get into the play-offs and I am disappointed that we are not in the play-offs and games are running out.

"Everyone is genuine. A manager asks for them to give their all and they did. But the games are running out. I want to get promotion and that is why I came here. But I am ever so pleased the way we have played since the Barnsley debacle. It is good for the future. At least I have the team that I want together at the moment.

"I can't fault anyone now. This is the team that I would like in the trenches with me if we were going to war. You know what I am like.

I have the players I want now. The new owners have been supportive and we have players who want to play for the club and that is half the battle at a place like Leeds.

"I was really proud of them and we will give it a good shot in the last 16 games."

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