Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards today demanded “fight” from the team at Barnsley tomorrow – and insisted victory at Oakwell could kickstart the Dean Saunders era.
Saunders’ side will face their relegation rivals with the new manager still winless in six games at the helm following Saturday’s goalless draw at Derby.
But Edwards claimed success against the Tykes would inspire Wolves, although he insisted the game is not a ‘must win’ affair.
“We will do everything we can to win the game because we know how important it is, but if we lose we’re not relegated and there is a long way to go,” said the Wales international.
“But we need a catalyst and three points and we will do everything in our powers to do that at Barnsley.
“We are desperate for that win, and as soon as we get it I think the confidence will come flooding back.
“A point wasn’t a bad result at Derby but if we can go to Barnsley and get a win, I’m sure that’s all it will take to kick us on.
“We know we’ve got better players than the position shows, but we’re only going to get out of it by rolling up our sleeves and putting in a performance and getting some points.
“As soon as that happens I’m sure the confidence will come back.”
“It is one of those clichéd six-pointers at Oakwell and we’ve got to be up for it.
“We’ve got to win the fight in the first 20 minutes and make sure we want it more than them and I’m sure our quality will then prevail.”
The draw at Pride Park brought Wolves their second clean sheet in six games under Saunders with new loan signing Kaspars Gorkss impressing in central defensive alongside star youngster Danny Batth.
Edwards said: “They are two proper centre halves. They both want to chuck their bodies on the line and head the ball.
“It was Kaspars’ first game but it looked like he’d been in there all season and Danny has been a revelation since he came in.
“I’ve known all along, as a lot of the boys have, that he’s going to be a top player and it’s good to see him in the team and I’m sure he’ll keep his place.
“He’s a great professional for such a young lad and he’s a monster. He loves defending and winning headers and that’s what he needs to do.
“He will have a very good career.”Subscribe to our Newsletter