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While Wolverhampton Wanderers edged closer to relegation, they also dragged Sunderland down to their level in the process.

Wolves could finally be put out of their misery next weekend, when their relegation is likely to be sealed, and the hosts also look to be running on empty at the end of an draining campaign.

For the second time under Terry Connor, Wolves returned from the North-East with some reward, only the second point from nine games under their interim manager, who coaxed a spirited display from his charges. It was one high on perspiration but low on inspiration, and they are eight points adrift at the bottom.

“We’ll keep going and keep fighting to the very end,” Connor, ever the optimist, insisted. “The pressure’s not off because we can still stay up. It’s not impossible. We want to get to the final day of the season with some chance of staying up.” It appears to be a fanciful hope.

In fairness, but for a fine late save from Simon Mignolet, who blocked a point-blank header from Steven Fletcher, the visitors might have been reflecting on a fifth consecutive victory over these opponents to add to their draw at Newcastle at the outset of Connor’s ill-fated reign, though Seb Larsson was culpable of a glaring miss in the dying stages for the hosts, stabbing a close-range effort over from a Stephane Sessegnon cross.

For long spells, Wolves were the better side, though that is hardly a glowing endorsement given the rut Sunderland have dug themselves into.

Ellis Short used his programme notes to challenge Martin O’Neill to engineer a top-six finish next season. After this no-show from the Wearsiders, who failed to find the net for the fourth time in five games to further dent their hopes of back-to-back top 10 finishes, the club’s billionaire owner will have to play a significant role in granting his wish, courtesy of his substantial wealth.

“It’s very nice of him to say so,” O’Neill said after being informed of Short’s scribblings.

Sunderland have taken just 10 points from their last 10 games, and O’Neill said: “We didn’t do enough to win, but I keep reminding myself of the bigger picture, and overall it’s been a terrific effort from the players. This is just a bit of a reality check, that we need to get a grip on things.”

Chances were at a premium, with the goalkeepers earning their clean sheet, in Wolves’ case a first for 31 league games, with relative ease. Notably the much-maligned Wayne Hennessey blocked well from James McClean’s

close-range diving header after the break.

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