KOP SEMI KEPT AWAY FROM DIS­AS­TER DATE

HE’S RIGHT FOR WOLVES, SAYS JARVIS

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By FRANK MCCAULEY

THE FA have con­firmed Liver­pool’s FA Cup semi-final against ei­ther Ever­ton or Sun­der­land at Wem­b­ley will be played on Satur­day, April 14.

That will en­sure that the An­field club will not have to play on the 23rd an­niver­sary of the Hills­bor­ough dis­as­ter.

The tragedy, which oc­curred at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s sta­dium on April 15, 1989 – where Liver­pool were up against Not­ting­ham For­est in an FA Cup semi-final – claimed the lives of 96 Liver­pool fans.

The sec­ond semi-final in the 2012 com­pe­ti­tion – Tot­ten­ham or Bolton v Chelsea – will take place on Sun­day, April 15. WOLVES winger Matt Jarvis says care­taker boss Terry Con­nor is still “the man for the job” de­spite the club’s slide to the bot­tom of the Premier League.

The Mo­lineux men have leaked 14 goals in four games un­der Con­nor and suf­fered their 10th home de­feat of the sea­son in the 5-0 thump­ing by Manch­ester United on Sun­day.

Spec­u­la­tion is rife that Con­nor’s po­si­tion could be un­der threat de­spite be­ing put in charge un­til the end of the sea­son af­ter the sack­ing of Mick Mccarthy.

Pos­i­tive

Yet Jarvis is adamant Con­nor re­tains the back­ing of the Wolves play­ers.

“It is not easy for TC but we are all be­hind him, work­ing hard and giv­ing 100 per cent for him, our­selves and the club,” said Jarvis.

“He is still the man for the job, of course he is. He knows us all and is do­ing ev­ery­thing to try to turn things around.

“We are the same and hope­fully we can re­pay him for his ef­forts and keep Wolves up. We are not go­ing to give up.

“You see pos­i­tive signs in train­ing, from the shape of the team and the workrate.

“Ev­ery­one knows their job and we’re all work­ing for each other.

“We just need to get a re­sult, a bit of good for­tune, and hope­fully that will kick-start things.”

Jamie O’hara has been ruled out for a fur­ther four weeks with his on­go­ing groin prob­lem.

The mid­field en­forcer has strug­gled to re­gain full fit­ness since hav­ing surgery in De­cem­ber and has needed painkilling in­jec­tions to play since his re­turn to ac­tion last month.

O’hara said: “I haven’t been able to play at the lev­els I ex­pect from my­self, so I’ve de­cided un­til I’m 100 per cent in my groin then I’ll be out.

“I prob­a­bly came back too early be­cause I was so des­per­ate to play and help the team.”

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