Wolves manager Mick McCarthy refused to blame Sam Vokes for failing to snatch what could have been a crucial point against Manchester United.

Vokes missed an injury time sitter in the Molineux clash as United led by a Paul Scholes goal, but McCarthy insisted he still had faith in the youngster,

"Sam would have expected to score that goal from the position he was in," McCarthy said. "He works very hard on that part of his game.

"It doesn't matter how long you've been on the pitch. At one end there's a mistake and at the other it's a miss. A point would have been fantastic and we had the opportunity to get the equaliser but that's the story of our season.

"We will carry on fighting and you never know, he could be the one who gets the goal to keep us up."

The defeat leaves Wolves above the drop zone on goal difference alone, having played a game more than Hull.

But McCarthy is confident they will start picking up the points they deserve.

"We have played well but we've got nothing out of it," he said. "And it's getting harder and harder to talk about it.

"The only thing we can do is maintain that standard and our belief, and our luck will change. We'll get a break. There's plenty of games to play.

"So maintain our belief and, with those performances, I think we'll be okay.

"We've only scored 21 goals, not enough. No chance are we ever going to give up - while we've got breath in our bodies, we'll be scrapping.

"I firmly believe our luck will change and the only way it will change is by playing like that."