Belfast Telegraph

No dressing-room unrest - Connor

Wolves boss Terry Connor has stressed any signs of disharmony at the club are simply indicators of how his players are trying to push each other on in their battle to beat the drop.

Things are looking increasingly desperate for the Barclays Premier League basement boys, whose 2-1 defeat at Stoke on Saturday - their sixth successive loss - meant they remained six points adrift of safety with only six games left.

Asked if there was any dressing-room unrest after the Stoke game, Connor said: "No - there are demands made of each other. It is a strong dressing room with some characters in there, but it is just the demands they place on each other - on the pitch, on the training field and sometimes in the dressing room. They are not all going to have the same opinion."

The players' frustration at their plight appeared evident a week earlier when Wolves captain Roger Johnson and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey squared up to each other on the field during the 3-2 home defeat to Bolton.

Connor said: "As I said last week, the spat between Roger and Wayne was two players on the pitch heated, sweating, wanting their team to win and having a disagreement. Personally, I don't like to see it done in public, but it does happen. As long as we resolve that, move on from there and the players are fine with each other, that is all you can ask."

Johnson was dropped to the bench for the Stoke game - the armband being passed back to fit-again midfielder Karl Henry, who had been stripped of it last summer - and it remains to be seen whether or not the defender will be restored to the side for Wednesday night's home clash with Arsenal.

Connor says the decision to demote Johnson was made with "no malice" and insists the flare-up with Hennessey had no bearing upon it.

"I dropped him because I wanted a performance against Stoke with certain players playing in certain positions," Connor said. "That is the reason Roger did not play - nothing other than that."


From Belfast Telegraph