Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

McCarthy hits back at critics

Mick McCarthy

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has described as "a pile of nonsense" the bad publicity currently surrounding his under-fire club.

McCarthy's side have hit the headlines and been criticised for all the wrong reasons of late after picking up 13 yellow cards and one red in their last two Barclays Premier League matches. The issues surrounding Wolves have been further exacerbated by the fact Fulham striker Bobby Zamora sustained a broken leg following a fair challenge from Karl Henry last weekend.

"What concerns me, and I've watched the game twice now, is that there wasn't a bad tackle in the game at Fulham," said McCarthy.

"Funnily enough I watched the Tottenham-Wigan game (on video) and Phil Dowd (in charge at Fulham) was the referee in that, and I looked at some of the challenges and thought 'we had bookings for those'.

"I've gone through the bookings and there wasn't a bad, malicious tackle, and there we are with six bookings and a sending off.

"I know what I make of it, but what everybody else makes of it, I can't do anything about. We're not a dirty team, but at the moment it looks like we are because of circumstances.

"I try my best not to offend anybody, but if that's the way people want to perceive me and my team, there's not a great deal I can do about it.

"But it's wrong, a whole pile of nonsense actually, but such is life. It suits a lot of people to suggest Mick McCarthy's team is that way inclined, but I've never, ever been labelled with that.

"There's not a great deal I can do about it, and we will continue to play the way we have been playing.

"All my teams have always played football, or been competitive, and that's the way we will continue to be."

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