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Bully: Boro trip massive for Wolves

Legend Steve Bull has called for Wolves not to under-estimate Tony Pulis’s Middlesbrough as Nuno Espirito Santo’s team look to edge closer to promotion tomorrow.


Wolves face a resurgent Boro who have picked up 10 points from four games to edge into the play-off places.

The Molineux men travel north backed by 1,500 fans for the televised Good Friday clash looking to finally put an end to a 67-year-old hoodoo, with Wolves having not won away at Middlesbrough since 1951 – a run of 25 matches.

Club vice-president Bull said: “It’s a massive game.

“We need to stamp our authority on them and put a bit more pressure on our rivals who slipped up before the break.

“Middlesbrough are a strong, in-form side and we can’t take it lightly.

“The worst thing to do would be to underestimate them – they’ve got an old-school manager in Pulis who knows how to grind out results.

“We’ve seen with Neil Warnock and Steve Bruce this season that they can get a result against Wolves, so we need to respect them – but not too much.”

Wolves won successive games before the international break to edge 13 points clear of Fulham and Villa.

That means they only need a maximum of four more victories from their final eight games to secure promotion to the Premier League.

Bull added: “We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing. Certain games at Christmas took their toll and we had a blip but the finishing line is in sight now.

“A few have recharged their batteries during the international break and others will come back buzzing from winning a new cap, especially Matt Doherty and Barry Douglas.”

Of Wolves’ Boro hoodoo, Bull said: “Records are there to be broken.

“I don’t think it’s going to mean much to someone like Ruben Neves – these players are a class above and they won’t think about things like that.”