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Wolves facing 'tall order' to avoid drop, warns Hunt

STEPHEN HUNT reckons that Wolves need three wins from their final four games to avoid another relegation after a disastrous defeat to Huddersfield on Saturday.

The Irish winger has tasted the agony with Reading, Hull and Wolves last season and is keen to swerve a drop to League One – although his contract at Molineux is up at the end of the campaign.

Hunt has impressed since his return from a long-term injury problem, but he came into a team in a dire run of form and the 3-1 reverse to the Terriers has put Dean Saunders' side back in the bottom three. They sit on 48 points with four matches remaining although, remarkably, they are only 15 points off the play-offs in the most congested Championship in recent memory.

A win at home to promotion-chasers Hull tomorrow could propel them out of trouble if results go their way elsewhere but, in a topsy-turvy division, Hunt feels three victories are required to secure safety.

"I've been here before and we have to relish the chance of winning the games. If we don't, we are in trouble," he said.

"We are two points from safety but we have to come out with all guns firing. Three wins from the last four is a tall order but we have done it before and we can do it again."

Stephen Ward, who was recalled to the Wolves side, opened the scoring against Huddersfield before a second-half collapse cost them dearly with Jamie O'Hara sent off.

Kevin Doyle had chances to score but was denied, while Dubliner Matt Doherty was also part of the starting XI, with Kevin Foley and Aaron McCarey on the bench.

Former Irish U-21 international Sean Scannell was on target for Huddersfield, who are now three points ahead of Wolves.

On the flip side, the Irish contingent at Hull are two wins and a draw away from promotion after a hard-fought 2-1 win at Ipswich. Robbie Brady converted a penalty in a game where Stephen Quinn and David Meyler also played prominent parts.

Irish Independent