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Saunders pleased with players' response

17 March 2013

Wolves manager Dean Saunders has revealed that a half-time dressing down inspired his team to a crucial 2-1 npower Championship win against relegation-rivals Bristol City at Molineux.

Wolves had been trailing to a farcical 25th-minute own goal from David Davis but hit back with two second-half strikes in as many minutes from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle to secure only their second home win in 15 attempts.

Davis had given City the lead when he returned Carl Ikeme's short goal-kick back to the goalkeeper but the ball went straight through his legs and into the net.

Saunders said: "I thought everything was going wrong. We looked lacking in confidence, we weren't sharp around the box. We weren't reacting to things and when the goal went in it was a calamity goal, and I am thinking 'I can't believe that has just happened'.

"Carl has given David the ball, he just has to put the ball away from the goal. But he gives it back to Carl and he has to get something behind it but it has gone in, and then within minutes we lose Bakary Sako and David Edwards to injury.

"Our finishing wasn't sharp and, to be honest, I went in at half-time and had a go at everyone. I wanted some sort of reaction from them and I have to say that the character of the players has stood out yet again. Instead of laying down and dying they have come back and won the game. It was a big win.

"You have to keep your belief and you have to have the strength of character when the chips are down. So I am pleased the players kept going. At every big club the supporters demand a performance, and you can't play for a big club unless you can play in adversity.

Saunders, who also revealed that he substituted Ikeme at half-time due to a hand injury, added: "Most of the time you are in adversity. You have to turn the game around and that is why you get the big wages."

The defeat ended an unbeaten run of four games for City and leaves them bottom of the table, but manager Sean O'Driscoll remains unfazed by the position, and said: "I was pleased with the performance. We have been sat bottom of the league for some time but ever since we have walked through the door the performances have been excellent.

"This is the Championship and sometimes you have to take the result, so as I said I was pleased with the performance but disappointed with the result."

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