Friday, 16 March 2012

Connor spells out Wolves' task

Wolves boss Terry Connor reckons stopping Manchester United getting into their stride is the key to upsetting them on Sunday.

The two sides meet each other at Molineux this weekend, with Connor well aware of the task facing his relegation-threatened side.
United enjoyed a 2-0 win at home to West Brom last week which saw the defending champions replace Man City at the top of the table.
The Red Devils have cranked up the pressure on their derby rivals by going eight unbeaten in the Premier League, dropping just two points in the process.
Second-bottom Wolves, meanwhile, have taken just one point from their last four games after last week's 2-0 home defeat by Blackburn and Connor was struggling to find a chink in United's armour when he watched them brush aside West Brom the following day.
"I didn't see anything in terms of weaknesses - nothing at all we could exploit," he told the club's official website.
"We've just got to be at our absolute best and hope United are not at their absolute best.
"We'll need a load of luck and we'll need every supporter - for every second of the game - to be right behind the lads on Sunday.
"If everyone is on top of their game - supporters, players and staff - and if United fall just below their standards, then we have a chance of getting something from the game.
"We'll have to be in our top gear for 90 minutes because last Sunday they went through the gears.
"What we have got to try to do is stop them in second and third gear and don't let them reach top gear."
Wolves have done just that on two of United's last three league trips to Molineux, coming from behind to win 2-1 last February.
And although United were knocked out of the Europa League by Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night, Connor does not expect them to be suffering any ill effects from that defeat.
"Sir Alex Ferguson won't allow them any complacency when they come here," he added. "They're top of the league and that's where they want to stay.
"Not for one second do I think they'll bring a team here that's not competitive and not ready to play to get some points.
"We're fighting for our lives at the bottom and they're fighting for their lives and their futures at the top. When they both meet, sometimes you get quirky results.
"In previous seasons we've given them good games and we ended their unbeaten run round about the same time last year so we have to look to all those things in our favour."