Wolves manager Dean Saunders desperately tried to remain positive today after the Championship survival story took another twist.
His side go to Millwall tomorrow night seeking their first win in 14 games after Friday’s 1-1 draw against Watford. Saunders saw his side drop to second from bottom after Peterborough’s 3-2 win at Blackburn on Saturday.
But with defeats for Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield and Birmingham, there is only six points between Wolves and 15th-placed Blackpool, who were the last team they beat on December 21.
And Saunders believes Wolves can use Paul Ince’s side as a marker to chase down as they prepare for two away games this week, with a Midlands derby at resurgent Nottingham Forest to follow on Saturday.
“If we win two games, we’re up with Blackpool – that’s all it takes and the whole thing will change,” said Saunders.
“If we can win two games on the trot, we’ll be out of where we are and looking at another couple of wins, a few draws and we’ll be alright.
“But we’ve got to get a win quickly and I’ve been saying it since I came here, and we’ve been so close every week.”
Saunders remains convinced that one win will galvanise the club.
“When you tell the players something and you win and it all comes true, they believe even more – the confidence comes from that,” he added.
“But it’s wins; we just need a couple of wins and it all knits together.
“I have to lead them, I have to rise above everything and believe in what I’m doing, believe what I’m saying to them is right, and I do believe that.”
Saunders also revealed he is considering sacrificing one of his flair players as Wolves prepare to hit the road – although it’s unlikely to be 10-goal Bakary Sako.
“We need to be organised with and without the ball, and people have to get into that,” he said.
“As a manager, you sometimes have the difficulty of leaving the talented players out, if they don’t fit into that.
“It’s that what gets you the right results.
“You’re always juggling with the thoughts that the talented and the class players might not adjust, and if so, you’ve got to leave them out.”