WARD AIM­ING FOR GREAT­EST ES­CAPE

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JOHN PERCY

STEPHEN WARD ad­mits Wolves will have pulled off their great­est Premier League es­cape yet if they can avoid the dreaded drop.

De­fender Ward is con­vinced sur­vival can be se­cured at Mo­lineux for the third suc­ces­sive sea­son, de­spite the dis­as­trous de­feat to Bolton.

Care­taker boss Terry Con­nor has lost five games in a row and Wolves are now six points adrift of safety fol­low­ing the dam­ag­ing 3-2 loss to their rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals.

Arse­nal and Manch­ester City roll into Mo­lineux next and Ward (right) knows time is run­ning out for Con­nor to stun the doubters by stay­ing up.

“It’s go­ing to be tough and it’s not look­ing good for us but we’ll keep go­ing,” said the Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional.

“If we are to go down we’ll make sure we go down fight­ing and give it ev­ery­thing un­til the last day of the sea­son.

“The gap isn’t too big yet. We were in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion last sea­son about six points be­hind and we ended up stay­ing up, so you just never know where your re­sults are go­ing to come from.

“The prob­lem for us is we’re run­ning out of games to get good re­sults and we need one as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Of course it will be the best achieve­ment yet if we do stay up now.”

Wolves go to Stoke this week­end as Con­nor bids for his first win in six games since suc­ceed­ing Mick Mccarthy.

Mid­fielder Jamie O’hara has been ruled out for six to eight weeks af­ter groin surgery.

And de­fender Jody Craddock will be side­lined for up to five weeks af­ter hav­ing an op­er­a­tion on a ham­string prob­lem.

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