Republic of Ireland defender Matt Doherty insists that Wolves remain a confident team despite suffering a fifth defeat in six games at Cardiff.

Wolves, promoted alongside Cardiff last season, made a seemingly smooth transition to the Premier League in losing only once in their opening eight games.

But a dramatic slump in form has seen Nuno Espirito Santo's side fail to win since early October and pick up just one point from a possible 18.

They were beaten 2-1 on Friday night despite taking an early lead through Doherty on his 200th league appearance for the club.

Wolves also have a testing run of fixtures ahead of them, with Chelsea next up at Molineux on Wednesday and Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City to come before the middle of January.

"We need to get off this run as soon as possible," said Doherty.

"It's frustrating to lose five in six for the quality of players we have and the way we play.

"But our confidence hasn't gone. I think you would be able to tell in our play if we were not looking for the ball, showing for angles or were hesitant.

"We're not used to losing consecutive games, but you can see in our play we're not panicking." 

Neil Warnock celebrates with Harry Arter

Meanwhile, Junior Hoilett hailed the tactical expertise of Neil Warnock after Cardiff handed their manager the perfect 70th birthday present.

Hoilett struck Cardiff's winner and one of the goals of the season - a fierce angled 20-yard drive off the underside of the crossbar - after being asked by Warnock to play wing-back for the first time in his more than 300-game career.

"The manager told me in the week I'd be playing wing-back and it made me think a while," Hoilett said after claiming his first Premier League goal since scoring for QPR against Southampton in November 2012.

"I'd not played there before, but I surprised myself. It worked out and it shows the gaffer is a great tactician.

"Everybody plays for the manager here and gives 100 per cent. You see how hard we work for each other."

Aron Gunnarsson had earlier cancelled out Doherty's first-half opener and Hoilett's 77th-minute stunner gave Cardiff back-to-back home wins for the first time for 57 years.

The victory also moved Cardiff out of the relegation zone ahead of the rest of the weekend's matches and allowed Warnock to celebrate his milestone birthday in style.

"I'm sure he'll remember this birthday," Hoilett said. "It shows how we fight to the final whistle and give 100 per cent no matter what.

"It's a great club and against all odds we grind out results. We're more relaxed now going into the West Ham game (on Tuesday), and it will ease the pressure on us if we pick up results in the next few weeks.

"If we stay positive like we did in the second half, we'll be all right."