Wolves boss Connor: Bassong red card against Arsenal was unfair

The French defender was given his marching orders inside the opening 10 minutes for a foul on Theo Walcott and his manager believes the decision was 'harsh'

Wolves manager Terry Connor is adamant Sebastien Bassong should not have been shown the red card in the first 10 minutes of their 3-0 defeat against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

The home side conceded twice within a two minute burst to squander any hope of salvaging a result as relegation looms for the side at the bottom of the Premier League.

Robin van Persie converted the penalty with a cheeky chip but Connor argued the defender - who is on loan from Tottenham - had no intent to bring down Theo Walcott and should not have been sent off.

He told Sky Sports after the match: “I saw a tangle of legs. I saw the referee run over and give the penalty kick, I saw the referee produce a red card.

“I don’t think it’s fair no. I think if there’s an intention to bring an opponent down in the box then you have a penalty kick and a red card. There was no intent there just a tangle of legs.

“Two lads going for the ball, a tangle of legs, the referee saw it as a penalty which I think he’s right to do so but I think the red card was a little bit harsh.”

Wolves are now 66/1 with Bet365 not to be relegated this season.
Walcott followed on from the penalty assist with a goal 120 seconds after Van Persie’s spot-kick and was roundly booed by Molineux residents for the rest of the clash.

Wolves were spirited and even threatened to turn the tables on their north London opponents for the following 60 minutes.

However, Yossi Benayoun ruined any comeback chances when he slotted past goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey from 20 yards to make it 3-0.

The result puts a five-point gap between Arsenal in third and Tottenham in fourth, while leaving Connor’s men nine points away from safety because of home wins for Wigan Athletic and QPR on the same night.