Boss Dean Saunders tonight highlighted a costly second half spell which saw Wolves slip up at home to rivals Huddersfield at Molineux this afternoon.
After an impressive start – helped by Stephen Ward’s fourth minute opener – Wolves were pegged back by the Terriers via Sean Scannell’s first half leveller and the game was evenly poised heading into the final 25 minutes.
But after Roger Johnson missed a good chance Huddersfield substitute Jermaine Beckford notched a quickfire brace and Jamie O’Hara was sent off following an altercation with Keith Southern.
“We started the game great for half an hour and probably played as well as we have,” said Saunders.
“We were causing Huddersfield plenty of problems and scored a great goal.
“But we didn’t go 2-0 up and then they equalised and got back in the game.
“After that it all turned on a big few minutes in the second half.
“Roger had a good chance to put us 2-1 up and unfortunately not long after they go down the other end and score from a corner.
“We can’t be conceding goals like that if we want to do well.
“All the goals we’ve let in - we’ve got to do better.
“For the first goal Scannell is right on the touchline and he’s managed to get into our six-yard box.
“He got a lucky break to get through but he got in there and took his goal well.
“The second goal from the corner and they put Beckford on and he’s a goalscorer.
“He’s in the right place for the rebound and his second goal is as good as you see the way he’s taken that.
“He’s gone back inside Kaspars (Gorkss) and dinked the keeper.”
The boss had no complaints about O’Hara’s sending off but shared the dressing room disappointment at the way Southern reacted as the powerful midfielder fell to the floor in dramatic fashion.
“Jamie was sucked in,” said Saunders.
“Right from the kick-off, they’ve touched the ball to Jamie, he’s gone to play it to the centre-backs, and he’s run into his back and he has just reacted.
“He’s lifted his hands, he’s not punched him, he’s just pushed him.
“But their lad has gone down as if someone shot him.
“It’s a bit of gamesmanship - it’s a joke the way he has gone down.
“Frustration gets the better of Jamie and he raises his hands and as soon as you do that you can expect a red card and you are off.
“We’d spoken about it before the game, we spoke about keeping your discipline in a game which that much on it and was so nervous and heated.
“There is always the chance things can spill over in a game like this with so much on it.
“Jamie has raised his hands, but their lad shouldn’t be proud of himself the way he has gone down.”
O’Hara is not set for a three-game suspension, joining an ever lengthening list of absentees of players currently sidelined with injury.
But for Saunders it’s now about carrying on battling and returning to the form of recent weeks which at one point saw Wolves win four out of five games.
“It’s a really disappointing result because it is such a big game,” he added.
“We knew how important it was and whatever the circumstances we have come away with nothing and that is all that matters.
“What we have got to do now is win on Tuesday and hope the results are reversed.
“There are two teams about us on 50 points which is one win away.
“We have got to win three games out of four which we have done and are capable of doing.
“All is not lost, we’ve got to win three out of four, we’ve done that before and are capable of doing it again.
“We have got key players injured which obviously makes a difference at this stage of the season.
“And we’re going to be missing Jamie for three games now.
“But losing players like that is part of football and that’s the way it goes.
“We have got to roll our sleeves up now - we either roll up in a ball and accept what is happening or we come out fighting.
“And I will make sure that they keep fighting.
“We may need to win three more and it is probably going to go down to the last game.”