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Wolves v Sheffield United: Gary O’Neil warns his squad to be wary of their ‘cracks’ despite impressive Premier League run

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Wolves need to be “constantly on guard” of losing the “good feeling” created by their impressive run of form in the Premier League, manager Gary O’Neil has warned.

Despite being appointed five days before the season and losing four of his first five matches in charge, O’Neil has guided his side to within three points of the top seven and oversaw one of the best results of a promising season when they won 2-1 at Tottenham on Saturday.

“There are still cracks in what we do,” O’Neil said ahead of the visit of bottom club Sheffield United to Molineux on Sunday, when Wolves will be heavy favourites to end their two-match losing home run by taking three points.

“There are still opportunities for us to make mistakes. We need to be constantly on guard and ready to go at full tilt.

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“Nothing that we’ve done so far will help us in the next few games. We’ll need to find it again and make sure we produce it over and over again.

“I’m really conscious of that – to keep pushing the boys to be the best they can be every day.”

Matheus Cunha injury blow for Wolves

Matheus Cunha will be O’Neil’s major absentee against the Blades, having sustained a hamstring injury which threatens the forward’s involvement in the rest of the campaign.

Wolves host Brighton in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday and have league games against Newcastle, Fulham, Bournemouth and Aston Villa in March.

“As proud as I may be in what the players have been able to achieve so far, there have only been 25 games,” said O’Neil.

“There’s a big chunk of it to go and that can have a massive impact on how it is viewed at the end of the season.

“I’m proud of how committed and hard-working the players have been and the quality they’ve managed to show, but the good feeling and the momentum we’ve created isn’t unbreakable and isn’t perfect.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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