Wolves boss Terry Connor pledges fight until the death after defeat at Norwich City
Wolves boss Terry Connor promises a fight to the finish to try and keep Wanderers in the Premier League.
Defeat at Carrow Road coupled with wins for relegations rivals Wigan and Bolton merely intensified the pressure with Wolves now bottom and four points from safety.
Connor insists he retains a rock-solid belief the Midlands' outfit will survive ahead of a colossal Premier League game this weekend against fellow strugglers Bolton at Molineux.
'We've got eight games to go and when you look at the table it is still doable,' he said, with Wolves having now picked up only one point from his five matches in charge. 'Yes it is tough and we have seen the other results, but it is still possible.
'We have to work at keeping everyone's spirits up and it's not easy but one thing's for sure – if I come in on Monday with my head down and defeated that will transmit straight to the players.
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'I'll be ready for the week's work and preparing for the next game and one thing they are is a very positive and honest bunch of players.
'They'll be right there with us preparing for Bolton and we go into that one knowing that if we get a win it will change the picture again ahead of going into the last seven.
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'Our thoughts will quickly turn towards trying to get something from that one. If we can get eight more performances with the same sort of effort as today and that quality as well we won't be far short. Let's go and try and win against Bolton and see what happens after that one.'
Connor admitted Norwich had exposed Wolves' defensive frailties again after Matt Jarvis had fired the visitors ahead. Grant Holt levelled inside a minute before rifling home a penalty after Wes Hoolahan's initial strike hammered against Eggert Jonsson.
'It does hit Eggert on the arm but I don't think it was intentional in terms of moving his arm towards the flight of the ball,' said Connor.
'I thought it had to be intentional to give a penalty so I thought it was harsh. We've probably given away two soft goals again today although I think the penalty decision was harsh.
'The lads gave everything out there and I couldn't have asked for any more in terms of effort and fighting spirit. I felt we were worth something from the game and that a point would have been a fair result.
'We took the lead and then within 40 seconds or so the ball is in our net and that is criminal really. Once we'd got in front maybe it was just a lack of concentration and at this level you get punished. It was very hard to take because if we keep that lead and build on it then I think we get something from the game.
'We needed to make sure we saw that spell out after the goal but it didn't happen. We're working all the time to try and eradicate mistakes from a game.'
Connor reserved special words of praise for the return of his skipper Roger Johnson to the starting line up. The former Birmingham centre back appeared to relish the physical battle with Holt after being recalled in place of the suspended Ronald Zubar. Johnson had been left out of the side in recent weeks following a breach of club discipline regarding a training ground incident.
'Roger has been working hard for the last three or four weeks,' said Mick McCarthy's former assistant manager. 'He deserved to come back into the team and he showed that in the game. We need the same again for the next eight games from Roger and from all the players in the squad.'