Connor keeps the faith
Published 11/03/2012 | 07:22
Terry Connor insists Wolves have what it takes to beat the drop despite the team's 2-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Blackburn.
The result at Molineux left Wanderers 19th in the Barclays Premier League table, a point adrift of safety with 10 games left to play. The midlands club have won only one of their last 14 league fixtures, but Connor - in charge for the rest of the season after the sacking of Mick McCarthy - says there is still plenty of belief in the camp.
"This leaves us second-bottom, but still with a lot of fight," Connor said. "We spoke after the game and we still believe. One game doesn't make or break a season, so we will be in there and be competitive for the next 10 games."
Asked if he was certain the players he had at his disposal were good enough to stay up, Connor said: "I'm certain because we have done it for the last two years with a similar sort of group.
"This is their third attempt at it. It was always going to be a tight, hard season and that is why we must remain competitive. Regardless of the losses we suffer, we must remain positive so we can get enough points to remain above that dotted line come May 13."
Wolves, playing at their own ground for the first time since the humiliating 5-1 derby loss to West Brom a month ago which proved to be McCarthy's last game in charge, were looking to put a turbulent few days firmly behind them.
Their previous outing had been another heavy reverse, Sunday's 5-0 loss at Fulham, and club captain Roger Johnson had subsequently been punished for reporting to work on Monday unfit to train properly.
Two fine strikes from Junior Hoilett ensured Wanderers' misery continued, though, and Wolves fans - some of whom had staged a protest before the match - booed at the final whistle, at which point some banners had already been unfurled expressing their anger at the board who had decided to dismiss McCarthy.
There were further demonstrations outside the ground after the game, with club chairman Steve Morgan eventually going to speak to those involved.
Referring to the protests, Connor said: "It is not easy to ignore, but we are all employees of the football club so if there is a protest going on, I feel it is against all of us - players, staff, everyone concerned. We are all in it together."