Wolves boss Terry Connor asks for continued fight from players

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Ref decision hard to take - Connor

Wolves boss Terry Connor conceded his team might not beat the drop but asked for a similar effort to that shown by his 10 men in the 3-0 loss to Arsenal.

With Wigan and QPR both winning, Wolves are now nine points adrift of safety with five games left.

Asked if his team could survive, Connor told BBC Sport: "If we don't, we don't.

"If I get five more efforts like I got tonight with 11 players on the pitch, we will get as many points as we possibly can."

No team in the Premier League has survived with the points total Wolves have at this stage of the season.

And their efforts to overcome an on-song Arsenal side were not helped when centre-back Sebastien Bassong was sent off for bringing down Theo Walcott after eight minutes, with Robin van Persie scoring the resulting penalty.

"It's a tough time and things seem to go against you when you are bottom of the league but the spirit and togetherness the lads showed today is all I can ask for in the next five games," Connor added.

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Wenger has not set points target

Connor said the decision to send off his defender was harsh, given there was no intent to foul the Arsenal winger.

Walcott doubled the lead just three minutes later to effectively decide the game. And although Wojciech Szczesny saved brilliantly to deny Kevin Doyle and Nenad Milijas, Yossi Benayoun sealed the win with a goal after the hour mark.

"The penalty decision turns the whole game on its head," the Wolves boss said. "Once he's given a penalty and produced a red card it's very much an uphill battle.

"There is no intention there to bring anybody down and to suffer a penalty and a red card it is very hard to take.

"If there was intent to pull him down then it's a red card and a penalty, but it was just tangle of legs."

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