Defeat is unthinkable as Connor and Wolves face crunch time
21:38 GMT, 30 March 2012
Pressure play: Connor and Wolves need to address the slide quickly
It was an unpalatable truth that Terry Connor could not contemplate ahead of Saturday's relegation clash against Bolton.
Defeat at Molineux will leave Wolves seven points adrift of safety
with as many matches remaining and a goal difference that only serves to
highlight the plight.
With games against title-chasing Manchester City and Arsenal among
them, the road to salvation will almost certainly come to an abrupt end
should Owen Coyle's team end their own away-day woes.
Connor acknowledged the significance but was, for purely professional reasons, unable to wave the white flag just yet.
With one victory in 16 matches, the portents are not good.
However, almost incredibly, if the
club can muster victory, they will be within one point away from Bolton,
who lie immediately above the drop-zone.
'Of course, it's of significant importance,' he said, 'everyone has been talking about it as a “must-win” but it won't be all over at all.
'If we get a point or better, you add it to your total and move on and try to get three out of the next one.
'Until someone tells me it's not possible to get enough points, then we will keep believing.
'In that dressing-room, they believe they can do it. We have been doing the same for two or three seasons now. They are well-versed in this.
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'We have had to work hard to survive. But we have done it, year in, year out.
'We know where we are, where the season is but we are still in there fighting. One result on Saturday will change everyone's perception of what is going on.
'If we get that win, everyone looks at it differently. For a week, it might be someone else is talked about in terms of going down.'
Wolves' campaign has imploded since Mick McCarthy's sacking following the 5-1 home defeat in the Black Country derby. Roger Johnson turning up to training worse for wear hasn't helped.
Owner Steve Morgan confronting angry fans outside Molineux following a defeat to Blackburn Rovers has only added fuel to a fire that was already raging.
'We need to focus on this one result. This could change the whole outlook of the season.
'What these players have to do is their bit. Make sure they can win this game and everything will look a little bit different.
'We have eight more games. If we win, then the other seven become really important to us.
'Let's face it, if we finish above that dotted line, everyone will think we've had a really good season.'