Belfast Telegraph

McCarthy not worried by booing fans

A terse Mick McCarthy said he did not care about the criticism he received from the Wolves support after seeing his side come from two goals down to salvage a draw against Swansea at Molineux.

McCarthy's side appeared to be heading for a sixth straight defeat when they trailed 2-0 after the visitors scored first-half goals through Danny Graham and Joe Allen, and they left the field to a chorus of boos at half-time. But Kevin Doyle pulled a goal back from close range in the 84th minute, with Jamie O'Hara grabbing the equaliser just two minutes later.

McCarthy refused to be drawn on his feelings regarding the Molineux fans and he said: "They (the fans) can react all they like, it was a great point and I am delighted. I can't explain the comeback. We were really, really lucky."

He added: "We have played better over the previous five games and got nothing. We have needed something to get us off seven points, something to end the run of defeats.

"We needed a bit of luck or a bit of magic and if this proves to be a turning point I will be delighted. I'm not bothered. We got a point. We needed something."

McCarthy also jokingly challenged the assembled media to a fight, after being asked about his battling qualities as a manager.

"I'm up for a scrap if anyone fancies it," he said. "If someone wants one now I'll happily accommodate them."

Despite the nature of his side's late revival, McCarthy also revealed there had been no joyous celebrations in the home dressing room, and he said: "My overriding feeling is that the players kept going and got the result for themselves and the club. I'm not sure we are jumping around for joy as it has been a difficult day for us, but when you pick the bones out of it, it's a good point."

While the former Republic of Ireland boss hopes ending their sequence of defeats will instigate a turnaround in form, he knows that back-to-back meetings against Manchester City in the coming week will provide a clearer indication of the direction Wolves are heading in.

"We can only judge whether this is a turning point in weeks to come," he said. "We have City twice in the next few days and they are arguably playing like champions-elect. We have them Wednesday and Saturday, we will see how we go."


From Belfast Telegraph