Ward - Don't blame Connor

Stopper insists league position is not new manager's fault

Stephen Ward: Wolves defender insists Connor is not to blame

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Wolves defender Stephen Ward insists the club's lowly Premier League position has nothing to do with Terry Connor.

The Molineux club have taken just one point from a possible 15 since Connor replaced Mick McCarthy last month.

Wolves are now four points adrift of fourth-from-bottom Bolton, but Ward does not believe Connor is to blame.

Backing

"It's nothing to do with TC why we are in this position," commented Ward.

"We weren't exactly firing on all cylinders before he was appointed, but, if you ask all the boys, they would all say TC has been the right man.

"I don't think anyone could have done better. When the decision was made, we all backed it straight away.

"Anyone else coming in would have taken a couple of weeks to have a look at the boys to get to know us, find out his best team and who he wanted and who he didn't.

"At least TC knows us inside out and it's nothing to do with TC or the staff, it's the players."

Fresh

Ward insists Connor has been a breath of fresh air to the players and that he is doing his best to keep things fresh at the business end of the season.

Ward continued: "TC has done fantastically well with us since he's been in the job, from his tactics to his training to keeping the lads fresh.

"That is important at this stage of the season because there's been a lot of football played and a lot of tired legs.

"He's kept us all going but the boys have to hold our hands up and say we've not been good enough this season.

"It's down to us and we've got to hold our hands up."