ONE hundred years to the day since the sinking of the Titanic, scribes were lining up on Saturday to write the Premier League obituary of Terry Connor and his Wolves side.
It was all there – sinking ship, dodgy captain, manager overboard, holed beneath the waterline, leaking goals etc.
Had Wolves lost and QPR won at the weekend, relegation would have become pretty much a statistical certainty for the West Midlanders and the journalists would have had their lines.
But as Sunderland fans know from Saturday’s game, results do not often go the way you expect them to.
And that left Connor, right, offering a stiff upper lip that even much-maligned old Captain Smith would have been proud of.
“We can still stay up,” he offered. “It’s difficult where we are in the league, but it’s not impossible and I’ll fight all the way to the end.
“That’s me. That’s the club.”
A more realistic aim, is simply to prolong the agony as long as possible.
And Connor admitted: “We’ll just keep trying to pick up points and make sure every one of the 38 games counts for something, right up to the end of the season.
“We want to get to the Wigan game on the last day of the season still being in with a chance of staying in the league. If we could do that, we’d take it now.”
The game at the Stadium of Light at least gave the manager encouragement – as well as only his second point from a potential 27.
“It was a good point for us,” he reflected.
“We were delighted to keep a clean sheet and with a little better finishing, we could have taken all three.
“Ideally, we would have taken all three in our position, but the most important thing was we took something from the game.
“The last three or four weeks we’ve actually played well, but not got the rewards we’ve deserved, so it was nice to take something from the game.
“And if we’d taken all three points from the game, I don’t think anyone would have complained.”
There were more words of resistance to follow, but Wolves are as doomed as the Titanic.
In Premier League terms, you always know you’re in trouble when the manager is left only to praise the team’s honesty and work ethic.
“They’re a very honest bunch,” said Connor. “They’ve been brought up that way. That’s something we’ve asked them to be from the time they’ve come into the club – honest and hard-working.”
In that respect, Connor sounded exactly like his predecessor Mick McCarthy earlier this season – and exactly like Mick McCarthy from Sunderland’s horrendous 15-point campaign.