Faith in Fletcher pays off for Connor

Wolves boss Terry Connor today revealed he kept faith with Steven Fletcher because he always looks like scoring.

Wolves boss Terry Connor today revealed he kept faith with Steven Fletcher because he always looks like scoring.

The £7m club record signing ended his nine-match drought with his 11th goal of the season and first under Connor with Wolves’ first in Saturday’s amazing 4-4 draw at Swansea.

Fletcher’s reply after Wolves trailed 3-0 meant his tally of seven headers is more than any other Premier League player this season.

The former Burnley hitman’s strike ended a 298-minute club drought after his headers were saved against Sunderland and Manchester City and he hit the bar against Bolton.

And his manager said he never lost faith in the Scottish striker.

“It was important for Fletcher,” said Connor.

“I’ve kept him in the team because in each game he looks like he’s going to score.

“I’ve always stuck with him because I’ve got confidence and belief in him and he’s repaid that by getting us back into the game.

“There has been some good goalkeeping and sometimes he’s been unlucky by hitting the crossbar or the post and could have kept his scoring run going.

“He laid on a goal as well for Matt Jarvis and is just a genuine quality all-round player.”

But Fletcher’s return to form was a case of mixed fortunes as two-goal Jarvis went off with sore groins.

“He was beginning to feel twinges on the inside of the groin,” said Connor.

“He signalled he was struggling and we were able to get Stephen Hunt on who finished the job off really well.”

Meanwhile, Connor insisted he didn’t change tactics after recovering from 4-1 down after 31 minutes, despite Swansea starting with a surprise 3-4-3 formation.

“The players were excellent in the second half but it was the same gameplan throughout,” he said.

“Once we got into the game, the lads were superb and deserved the draw and could have won it.”