Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

McCarthy turns on the style

Mick McCarthy

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy felt his team proved a point about their playing style with Sunday's 2-0 victory over Fulham at Molineux.

Cottagers striker Bobby Zamora suffered a broken leg following a challenge by Karl Henry when the two sides met in London last September. Fulham captain Danny Murphy later caused a storm when he criticised the aggressive approach adopted by some top-flight clubs, with Wolves among those he made specific reference to.

McCarthy was left irked by the reputation his side had gained from the episode, and said following Sunday's win: "What is pleasing is that we gained this reputation last year for being a dirty team at Fulham by kicking them off the park, which is just so wrong. I really enjoyed watching my team play football against them today and beating them in the right way."

He added: "It is nothing to do with (Fulham boss) Martin Jol or the players - it was just that incident last year really did us a dis-service, so it is pleasing to put that to bed."

Kevin Doyle opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when he collected Matt Jarvis' pass and smashed a shot past Mark Schwarzer.

Jarvis then doubled the hosts' advantage in first-half stoppage time, pouncing after Roger Johnson's header had come back off the woodwork.

The result means Wolves, who triumphed 2-1 at Blackburn last weekend, have recorded back-to-back league wins at the start of a campaign for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

They also temporarily moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League table, until Manchester City's 3-2 win at Bolton later in the afternoon, but McCarthy is not paying much attention to the standings at this early stage.

He said: "I'm not really bothered about the league position - we start near the bottom every year alphabetically.

"But it's nice to win two games, back-to-back in the Premier League. It is a really good achievement."

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