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Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy has challenged his Wolves players to repeat the end-of-season heroics of 12 months ago and is confident they can cope with the pressure of battling for Barclays Premier League survival.

Wolves collected 14 points from their final 10 games of the 2009-2010 campaign to avoid the drop with a run of seven points from three away games with Burnley, Aston Villa and West Ham proving crucial. Now they face a similar challenge, starting with Saturday's home clash with Blackpool.

McCarthy said: "I don't doubt the players' ability to deal with pressure situations at all. I really don't think for one minute that the pressure is getting to them because they've handled it well. But we are going to have to find the performance we found in the latter stages of last season."

He added: "We're going to have to play as well as we did when we went to Burnley, were solid and won.

"Then we played Villa, were murdered for 15 minutes but in the end were unfortunate not to have won. After that we went to West Ham and we ran riot. They're the performances we're going to have to find now.

"We also had a bit of luck going our way last season. Adlene Guedioura's shot at Burnley was going nowhere near the goal until it took a deflection. I genuinely can't remember playing anyone this season where we've come away feeling we were jammy or really fortunate."

McCarthy has described the Blackpool game as the biggest of the season and is refusing to downplay the importance of the next 11 games. He said: "It doesn't matter who we're playing with 11 games left. They're all going to be pressurised.

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"They're all games that we need points from. We can't understate the importance of any of them at all so I'm not even going to try. People say I shouldn't be saying how important these games are but, come on, do me a favour. We all know what's at stake."

McCarthy admitted: "When the fixtures came out, everyone would look at Blackpool at home and think 'that's a game we should win'. That might have changed now with Blackpool's form and the season they've had.

"But it's still a game everyone looks at and thinks 'if we are going to be a Premier League side next season, then we need a result'."


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