Belfast Telegraph

Rodgers backing embattled McCarthy

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers believes Mick McCarthy will drag Wolves out of their current predicament, but is still confident his team will bag three points against their struggling opponents at Molineux on Saturday.

McCarthy, who has been in charge at the Midlands club for five years, is under pressure after seeing his team slide towards the edge of the relegation zone after losing five consecutive matches. Having seen their team come within one point of the drop last year, Wolves fans are concerned that they are set for another year of fraught nerves

"Every team has a run of games," said Rodgers. "He (McCarthy) has done a brilliant job there and had periods like this before and always come out strong. Mick has done a wonderful job at Wolves in his time there in the Championship and taken them through. He understands like us all that it's very difficult in the Premier League."

Swansea go in to the match on the back of a poor performance at Norwich where they conceded in the first minute before going on to lose 3-1 against their fellow Barclays Premier League newcomers.

A difficult run of fixtures has seen the Welsh side fail to win on the road so far this season, meaning they are still searching for their first top-flight away win in 29 years.

Although Rodgers expects a tough match against a team he thinks is blessed with talent, the former Watford boss has been pleased with the way his squad have responded to last week's defeat in training and hopes they can take that in to the game.

He said: "We never started at Norwich last week, but the spirit in the group has been terrific this week. Last week came on the back of the international break which wasn't great for lots of teams and we weren't as cohesive as normal.

"But we've had a good week's training and the players have been outstanding. The spirit is strong and we hope to go into Saturday's game on a positive note. You go to Wolves at any time and it's always a difficult game.

"Kevin Doyle is an established talent and player. He has shown over a number of years his talents as a Premier League player and Matt Jarvis was not so long ago involved in the England squad

"They have some very good players but we focus on ourselves and look to bring our A-game."

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