Guedioura lauds comeback
Algerian ready for relegation scrap after lengthy layoff
By Jamie Casey. Last Updated: April 13, 2011 5:08pm
Guedioura: Suffered a broken tibia against Aston Villa last September
Wolves midfielder Adlene Guedioura is thrilled to be back in first team action and has set his sights on survival for the second season running.
The Algerian returned to Mick McCarthy's starting line-up in the 3-0 defeat to Everton last weekend, having been on the sidelines since last September.
Guedioura, who has recovered from a broken tibia, lasted 75 minutes but he was disappointed not to crown his comeback with a much-needed win.
He told the club's official website: "I was very pleased that the gaffer had the faith in me to start the game. I had been working hard in training and I think he believed that I was ready to play.
"It was very nice the way the crowd cheered when they read out my name before the game especially after I had been out for such a long time. I really appreciate it.
"It would have been good if I could come back with a win but sometimes football can be cruel because we had so many chances to win and, to lose like we did, I felt, was unfair.
"Everton had something like four chances and they scored three and we had eight or nine and did get any.
"And it didn't help us when Sylvan went off with his hamstring injury - that was a blow."
'Pride and character'
Guedioura, 25, believes 'pride and character' are essential if Wolves, who are second from bottom in the Premier League, are to avoid relegation once more.
"Yes we lost on Saturday, but I take this personally," he said. "We have to keep faith and I say now that we will not go down.
"I want to stay in the Premier League with Wolverhampton and I will do everything that I can to make sure that happens.
"I know the fans weren't happy when we lost on Saturday, but we have six games left and 18 points to fight for and I truly believe that we will stay up.
"I will train harder and I think that we all have to show what we are made of. We need to show pride and character and if we do that then we will stay up."