Wolves boss Terry Connor 'more determined than ever' to stay up

Wolves boss Terry Connor says his side should not be written off, despite slipping to the bottom of the Premier League after a 5-0 home loss to Manchester United.

The defeat was the third of Connor's four games in charge and puts them 20th on goal difference.

"Has this defeat weakened my resolve? No, I said to the players I'm more determined than ever," said Connor.

"Everyone will be writing us off but we've been in these situations before."

He added: "The message to the players and to everyone is: 'Keep believing'."

Following the sacking of former boss Mick McCarthy on 13 February, Connor's team have taken one point from 12.

One of those defeats was a 5-0 loss at Fulham two weeks ago.

WOLVES UNDER CONNOR

  • Draw 2-2 at Newcastle
  • Lose 5-0 at Fulham
  • Lose 2-0 to Blackburn
  • Lose 5-0 to Manchester United

Against Manchester United, two goals from Javier Hernandez and others from Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck earned the visitors victory. The loss prompted chants of "One Mick McCarthy" from Wolves fans.

Connor's team were not helped by the first half sending off of Ronald Zubar for two yellow cards.

They now sit behind Wigan and QPR in the table but all three teams are on 22 points, one point from safety.

"We've been bottom of the league before and we've managed the last two years to get above that dotted line," added Connor.

"If we get out of it, it will be another mission accomplished."

Problems have come off the pitch for Connor with captain Roger Johnson not starting a game since he turned up to a session "unfit to train properly" after the Fulham defeat.

But Connor, who was promoted from McCarthy's assistant to manager until the end of the season, believes he has enough back-up staff at the club not to require any extra support.

He said: "I have the ear of a number of people I trust. I can bounce things off them. I'm 50 now and I've got the coaching experience to handle the players in that manner.

"I want to take on the reins, I want to be responsible for team selection, I want to be responsible for what goes on at the football club and, for the next 13 games, I'll take that."