Belfast Telegraph

McCarthy urges calm

Mick McCarthy has told his players to keep calm ahead of back-to-back away derbies which could be crucial to Wolves' Barclays Premier League survival hopes.

Wolves take on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday evening and then tackle Birmingham at St Andrew's on Sunday, but McCarthy is refusing to look upon the games as "make or break" to second from bottom Wolves' quest to secure a third successive season of top-flight football.

"It's all about having one more goal, one more point, being better than three other teams, come May 22, and we stay up," he said. "Sorry for being dogmatic about that but that's the way it is. It might be the last game we need something and we might get it. The message is keep calm and keep playing."

He added: "What happens if we don't win this week, what happens if we win the last two games and that's enough?

"I don't know what is going to be enough points and I know nobody else knows what will be enough.

"It would be seriously helpful to get points out of the next two games but I am not going to make it make or break.

"We have to affect our position, nobody else's. If by taking points off someone, we affect them, then fine.

"But it is our position we want to affect and the only way we can do that is by collecting points by virtue of a draw or a win and that's what we need to do."


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