WOLVES BOSS Dean Saunders admits that Irish international Stephen Ward deserved his red card in Saturday's defeat by Nottingham Forest.
Wolves are just outside the Championship's relegation zone, ahead of Bristol City on goal difference, as the 3-1 loss to Forest leaves them in real danger, and Wolves will now be without Dubliner Ward for a spell due to suspension as he was shown a straight red card for a professional foul.
"The red card is a definite red card," said Saunders. "We were losing 2-1 and were pushing forward with a corner with everybody going forward and they've just caught us on the break and Wardy was left with three."
Ireland U21 cap Matt Doherty was one of the few plus points for Wolves on the day as he scored his first goal for the club. Stephen Hunt was left on the bench while Kevin Doyle managed a second-half sub appearance.
Pompey will be relegated – Connolly
FORMER Ireland man David Connolly fears that his goals for League One strugglers Portsmouth will be in vain as the club are facing demotion down to the fourth tier in England.
Connolly, now 35, has scored four goals in the last three games for Pompey who are joint bottom in League One and, with massive debts hanging over the club and problems surrounding ownership, survival is not expected no matter what Connolly does.
"Even if we were to mount a real string of results I can't see the Football League allowing us to stay in the division. I think either way we are in for a sticky wicket," said the former international.
"All we can do is our best and put in some good performances. We are at the bottom of League One and staring into League Two but we have to keep going."
Connolly had been without a club in the first half of the season and opted to join Pompey on a short-term contract in January.
"I feel young at heart but age doesn't lie. I feel good though," he added.
- AIDAN FITZMAURICE