Hunt hopes to avoid heartache

The Republic of Ireland international finds himself in an all too

familiar predicament this season as Wolves battle to preserve their

top-flight status. Having slipped out of the division with Reading

and Hull City in the past, Hunt knows how difficult it can be to

claw your way to safety. He is, however, confident that Wolves have

the tools at their disposal to stage a successful survival bid over

the second half of the season, starting with Sunday’s derby date

with arch-rivals West Brom. “You look at Wolves’ revamped squad and

they should be better than where they are,” Hunt said in the Daily

Express. “I’ve heard that before though. We strengthened the squad

at Reading for a second season in the Premier League. We never

thought we were bad enough to get relegated. “The squad at Hull was

strengthened after going up. There was no recovery time at Reading

when we realised we were in trouble. There’s recovery time here at

Wolves. Hull was a dogfight. “We are better-equipped to survive

here than Hull. We have a team that’s all together. You could

question one or two players at Hull, but that’s up to the

individuals and how they want to treat themselves. “But it’s

different here. There’s the desire and character to get better.

I’ve not seen anyone with a bad attitude. The manager wouldn’t

allow it, but on the other hand the manager can’t make you train

hard, that comes from yourself. “When we were playing badly here

and losing, I was hurting. But it wasn’t just me, it was others in

the team, you could see it in their faces. “The team’s progressing

and getting better which will stand us in good stead as the season

goes by. “If you haven’t got that desire to progress and be better,

then it will suck you in. The desire level drops and you are

struggling. You are punished.”