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Dean Saunders defends Wolves' races trip

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Wolves boss Dean Saunders today defended his decision to take the players on a bonding trip to Cheltenham races.

Several players were seen out drinking in a bar in Cheltenham to coincide with the Festival on Tuesday, four days before Saturday's crunch visit of Bristol City.

But Saunders insisted the players needed to let off steam and there was no misbehaviour.

He said: "We trained in the morning and we left at 11am and everyone was back on the bus before the last race.

"I took the players to the races to try to get them to relax a little bit. You try anything when you're in the situation we're in.

"It was my decision to take them. They all came back on the bus and we were all back here by 6.30pm, or something like that.

"I thought it was important that we all got together and it was the first time I'd done it outside of football.

"So I could actually talk to them about something else instead of ordering them to do football things every day. Sometimes it helps."

Several weeks ago, Saunders said he wanted to create an Army-like mentality where players ate and drank the right things.

But he dismissed any suggestions that the bonding session flew in the face of his ideals and believes supporters would understand.

He added: "Some fans would think that's a good idea, to relax because maybe the players are too uptight."

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