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No fear of bottom for Michael Kightly

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Michael Kightly has insisted hitting rock bottom holds no fear for Wolves.

Michael Kightly has insisted hitting rock bottom holds no fear for Wolves.

Wigan's 3-1 win at Blackpool on Saturday returned Mick McCarthy's side to the Premier League basement, although they have a game in hand after their free weekend.

Wolves, who make up the numbers with a trip to Stoke next Tuesday, last occupied 20th spot after the 1-1 draw at Albion on February 20, having spent virtually the whole of that month rooted to the bottom.

McCarthy's side were also bottom of the pile on Boxing Day after their 2-1 home defeat by Wigan, who occupied that position before the weekend but are now fourth bottom, two points ahead of Wolves.

But Wolves have responded well to occupying the basement, having beaten Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United from that position this season.

And winger Kightly has backed the team to again react well to the pressure of triumphing out of adversity as they prepare for Saturday's Molineux clash against Fulham.

He said: "We're not worried about going bottom again - we've been in the bottom three pretty much all season.

"We've dealt with that pressure all along and are going to have to pick up some results in the last six games.

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"If we could win a couple on the bounce we'd be out of trouble. But Fulham and Stoke will be tough games and we know that.

"We need to be bang on form. We know that and going bottom again hasn't changed our mentality.

"It's just a case of looking to bounce back this weekend."

Although Wolves have lost heavily in their last two games to Newcastle and Everton, they are in better form than some of their relegation rivals.

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Blackpool, who are in the bottom three for the first time this season, have taken just four points from the last 39 available, while 15th-placed Sunderland have collected just one from the last 27 on offer.

Kightly remains confident Wolves will win their survival battle.

He said: "A couple of wins can shoot you up to mid-table. We still believe we can stay up and we've played a lot better this season than last.

"The league is a lot stronger but the confidence is there that we can survive and we'll be looking to put things right at Molineux on Saturday."

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