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Blackburn Rovers-Wolverhampton Preview
(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - Every season has its archetypal six-pointers, and Wolverhampton Wanderers against Blackburn Rovers at Molineux on Saturday is the first of what could be many during the run-in this time around.
Both teams are on 22 points, just two clear of Bolton and Wigan at the foot of the table, and new Wolves manager Terry Connor has called for the fans to get behind the team for what is a crucial match in their bid to avoid relegation.
"Their support is massively important," said Connor. "What we would ask is they come along and fill the ground, support the team, and then at the end of the 90 minutes let's hope we've got a victory and everyone will feel happy about the football club.
"We want the supporters to help get us over that line and get us the three points on Saturday. They come to support the team and we want to give them something to cheer.
"If they can get behind the lads for 90 minutes and we can get three points, everybody in Wolverhampton will feel a lot better about the situation. We can't wait for the crowd's reaction for how we're going to play, we've got to be positive and play at a good tempo. We've got to create that - we've got to be positive."
Blackburn looked destined for the Championship during the first half of the season, but they have responded superbly to the criticism from groups of the fans and media, and midfielder David Dunn believes that the next few games could decide the club's fate.
"Wolves is going to be a massive game," said Dunn. "It is such a big game for both teams, as is the month for a lot of us. We just have to be as disciplined as we can. There is no question we can score goals in our team - it is about keeping clean sheets.
"The next three games are going to be three cup finals. They could make or break our season."
Wolves have Karl Henry out with a hamstring injury, while Blackburn remain without Vince Grella (thigh) and Michel Salgado (rib).
Wolves beat Blackburn 2-1 on the opening day of the season, with Mauro Formica, Steven Fletcher and Steven Ward scoring the goals and Kevin Doyle missing a penalty. Saturday's hosts have not beaten Blackburn at Molineux in their last four attempts. Wolves - with just one win in their last 13 matches - have lost four on the bounce at home. Wolves have allowed more shots and more shots on target than any other team in the Premier League. Fletcher's six headed goals is more than any other player in the top flight. Blackburn have failed to keep a clean sheet all season and have the worst away record in the Premier League - taking just nine points from 13 games. Midfielder Jason Lowe has nine bookings this season - a league high.
Updated March 8, 2012