Hunt wants more Wolves bravery

Wanderers star says club are 'desperate' to stay in league

Stephen Hunt: Insists Wolves' players are ready to put their bodies on the line

Stephen Hunt expects Wolverhampton Wanderers to scrap for their lives as they look to stay clear of the relegation places next year.

The Black Country outfit earned a creditable 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Tuesday, despite having Nenad Milijas sent off and needing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to produce some heroic saves.

And Republic of Ireland midfielder Hunt believes that if Mick McCarthy's side show some of their battling spirit, then survival should be a formality.

"Everyone is desperate to stay in this league. Everyone is putting their bodies on the line. Sometimes they hit you and go in, sometimes they hit you and go past the post," Hunt said.

"You have to believe that you can get something anywhere in the Premier League if you defend right.

"You have to be brave with your blocks, there were bodies flying left right and centre in the box.

"You could see from the manager's reaction at the end of the game what it meant. We are a close unit and we have to be."

Hunt also hailed the performance of Wales international Hennessey at the Emirates as the 24-year-old produced a string of fine saves to deny the Gunners a winning goal.

"Wayne has the same style as (Edwin) van der Sar, he is tall, with a good physique," the 30-year-old said.

"If he has the right desire to get to the top four, I think he will."

And Hunt has called on his fellow players to produce another positive performance at fellow strugglers Bolton on New Year's Eve.

"It is going to be a hard game there, so we will have to be up for it and ready for the scrap again," he said.

"There is no point getting a draw at Arsenal, then losing to Bolton on Saturday. We will crack on again now."