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Premier League

Terry Connor remains optimistic he can revive Wolves' fortunes


Terry Connor insists he still has confidence in his ability to revive Wolves' fortunes after a 5-0 home defeat by Manchester United pushed them into bottom spot in the Barclays Premier League.

Caretaker boss Connor has seen his side leak 14 goals and collect a single point from his four games in charge since temporarily replacing the sacked Mick McCarthy until the end of the season.

The margin of United's win yesterday means Wolves dropped below Wigan into 20th position on goal difference and they have now gone nine home matches without a win.

Connor said: "It would have been lovely to have got eight points or nine from these four games so far but I knew it was going to be tough.

"We've had a tough season so far and I never thought for one minute it was going to get easier and we'd be picking up points as easily as that.

"Our aim was always to make sure we competed for the 13 remaining games from when I took over and we've still got nine left which is 27 points to play for.

"Of course the stats don't look great but we still believe we can turn it around and I still have confidence in my ability to do that.

"The message to the players and to everyone is keep believing.

"We know if we keep working and keep being honest then we still have a chance. If we don't do those things then we'll have no chance."

Connor was critical of defender Ronald Zubar for the challenges on Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck which led to him being sent off for two bookable offences five minutes before half-time.

He said: "You allow your defender one error where he might pick up a yellow card but after that you've got to use your brains and switch on and make sure it doesn't happen again.

"If that that happens, it is going to put the team in real difficulties.

"The yellow cards both came from challenges in areas of the park where you don't need to make those tackles.

"I did ask the boys to be competitive but to make two mistakes is not good."

Wolves also face being without the services of midfielder David Davis if fears he has broken a rib prove correct.

Connor said: "The first diagnosis is a possible broken rib but he'll have to go and get it checked out thoroughly.

"Obviously it was enough to cause some damage for him to leave the pitch.

"He'd been playing well and a vital cog in the way we had set out to play.

"For that opening 20 minutes I thought the midfield had done well against Carrick and Scholes. Dave was very much a part of that and to lose him was a blow."