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By ESPN Staff

Connor confident he'll stay in charge

Manager Terry Connor believes he will remain in charge of Wolves for the rest of the campaign despite their relegation fears deepening with a 2-1 defeat at Stoke.

Terry Connor speaks to ESPN

In a week in which Paul Ince has made himself available to take over at Molineux, Connor saw his side crash to a sixth successive Premier League defeat. Gary Megson was also watching from the stands.

Michael Kightly had given them a 26th-minute lead but goals from Robert Huth and Peter Crouch left them six points adrift of safety with six games left.

Afterwards Connor, who has taken just a point since taking over from Mick McCarthy, denied speculation he could be replaced by the likes of Ince, telling ESPN: "I don't pay any attention to it. Paul Ince hasn't worked at this club for a number of years. I'm in charge and I've got a job to do.

"That's what I've been asked to do by the club. I've not been told any different. It's been a tremendous challenge. It's been an honour and a privilege to manage Wolves. I just wish I could get some results for the fans of this club.''

It was the third consecutive game Wolves have led only to miss out on the points, but Connor believes his side have shown enough to believe they can still avoid the drop.

"It's hard to take. I thought we played really well and deserved to take something from the game,'' said Connor, who also criticised referee Mark Halsey for awarding the free-kick that led to Huth's leveller.

"There was no foul committed. I think we should defend it better - we were a bit deep - but there was no foul for Mark to give.

"We've done well in the last three games. We've taken the lead three times and not been able to see it through. With all the preparation we do it's hard not to see it through.

"If we are successful it will be on the back of things we did in the past three games. If we don't we're not good enough.''

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was pleased to get back to winning ways and touted Crouch as a must for England at this summer's European Championships in Ukraine and Poland.

"I'd definitely take Peter to the Euros because he's a game changer and I don't think foreign sides like playing against Peter. We found that in Europe,'' he said.

"He gives you that aerial presence. Whoever is picking the team, and we don't know who that is yet, but Peter is a game changer and you need them in your side.''

Stoke's season has shown signs of petering out, following their first ever voyage into Europe, with a 2-0 defeat at Wigan last time out.

But Pulis was full of credit for his side, adding: "It was more about the result today. That was our 50th game today - the energy and commitment was first class.

"This club has never done what it has done this year. The players have to be commended. We've played better than what we've done today, but I still think we deserved to win.''

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