Boss Dean Saunders tonight looked back on a “cruel” defeat for Wolves at Charlton – but backed his players to respond in what is now a massive home game with Burnley next Saturday.
Charlton led through Dorian Dervite just after the hour mark before Wolves hit back through Kevin Doyle, and seemed to be heading for a well-earned point until a deflected shot dropped perfectly to substitute Jonathan Obika for a last gasp winner.
It was cruel on Wolves who had been putting on pressure heading towards full time, and also saw Karl Henry’s 35-yard effort in the first half bounce back off the crossbar.
“Football can be cruel at times,” said the boss.
“Both of Charlton’s goals were scrambles and it just wasn’t our day – that’s the best way to describe it.
“Karl Henry smacks one from 35 yards which is a great strike and hits the underside of the bar and comes out and when it’s your day that goes in.
“Their first goal is a scuffed corner which comes along the floor which you don’t expect.
“Kevin Doyle has tried to clear it and he’s missed and it hits Fuller and rolls through to one of their players who has poked it in.
“The second goal is even more unlucky in the 90th minute.
“A shot has come in from the edge of the box, Jack Robinson has headed it, and it’s squirted right into the path of Obika when it could have gone anywhere.
“When we got back to 1-1 I thought we were the team that might go on and win it.
“There were a couple of half chances but at the end of the day we didn’t get the result.
“It was a scrappy game on a bobbly pitch and I thought we’d done enough to get something out of the game.”
While admitting to a sense of serious disappointment in the dressing room at full time, the boss insists Wolves have it within them to bounce back against Burnley next weekend.
He is also now fully prepared for the survival battle to go down to the final day of the season when Wolves travel to promotion-chasing Brighton.
“It is sickening really but all is not lost,” he added.
“Other results have kept us in it.
“We are in the bottom three on goal difference but next week it could all reverse again.
“We have to beat Burnley and we can do it because we have dug results out at times nobody thought we would.
“We got beat by Huddersfield which was a kick in the teeth and came back against Hull with a win.
“Today is hard to swallow because I didn’t think we deserved to lose.
“In the last ten minutes I thought we put enough pressure on to get the win.
“The ball just wouldn’t drop to Tongo when I thought it might but then it drops for Charlton at the other end.
“It is a sickener but it is football and we have to pick ourselves up off the floor.
“I have to pick everyone up and get ready for Burnley – that is my job now.
“On Monday morning we will be back at it again planning to try and get a good result against Burnley.”
Saunders continued: “Going into today we were top of the form league having won five of our previous eight games.
“That is automatic promotion form but we are still in the bottom three which is incredible.
“We know how crucial the Burnley game is now but if we win it we have still got a great chance of staying in the league.
“If we had got the job done today we may only have needed one more result but now it looks like we will need two.”