McCarthy has no problem with Stoke tactics

Mick McCarthy will have no problem if Stoke City employ controversial tactics when they play his Wolves side this weekend.

Both sides have to agree to the use of a towel to dry the ball before a thrown in, but some accused Shotton and his club of attempting to circumvent the regulation by wearing a special shirt with a towelling lining, something he later denied.


Wolverhampton Wanderers suffered yet another defeat as they went down 2-1 in their match against Everton. However, Wolves manager Mick McCarthy was extremely critical of the penalty that was awarded to Everton, which ultimately led to the winner.

Speaking after the match, McCarthy was incensed, saying that the penalty was extremely soft and that a number of penalties would have to be given every week if it had been the case universally.


When you play against the side who have decimated the Premier League Champions 6-1, you could be forgiven for hoping for anything less than a drubbing.

Considering Wolves came through the game against Manchester City with a 3-1 loss, there might be much to be happy about, but the sad matter of fact is that they left the Etihad Stadium without any points.

"We played well. We had to defend in the first-half and Wayne Hennessey made a couple of magnificent saves.

"You can imagine how he feels. He is as good as any goalkeeper in this league and it is such a shame it has cost us.



Wolverhampton defender Zubar has said that he is looking to return to the team in July. The 25-year-old needed an operation to cure a back problem and missed the final three months of the season.

Zubar told the club website: "I had to rest for a month after the surgery and then came back and started doing gym work to get the back stronger.

"I'm getting better day by day and week by week. If all is well, I will come back and should be ready for 4 July."



Wolves owner Steve Morgan has backed boss Mick McCarthy to succeed once again next season. Wolves host Blackburn at Molineux on Sunday knowing a win would be enough to keep them in the Premier League.

"You never give the dreaded vote of confidence but Mick has been here for five years and I don't believe you get any progress at all by chopping and changing," said Morgan.

"Chopping and changing happens at other clubs and what good has it done them?"



Jody Craddock is struggling to return to the side as Mick McCarthy has found it difficult to drop form man Richard Stearman.

Stearman has considerably improved the defensive side of his game to become a first-team regular in the battle for Barclays Premier League survival.

It means Craddock has been confined to the bench since recovering from injury.

McCarthy said: 'Jody is fit but, as much as I would like him in the team, I can't. Richard has been rock-solid.



Jonathan Woodgate has turned down a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the transfer window on a loan deal. McCarthy had hoped to recruit Woodgate, who is on the comeback trail after a career-threatening groin injury, in order to shore up his backline.

"He doesn't want to do it, he wants to fight for his place there, so fair play to him," McCarthy told the free bet website.

"I haven't spoken to him, but that's the message I've got back."



Portsmouth have signed Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Greg Halford on a loan deal till the end of the season. The 26-year-old spent three months at Fratton Park earlier this season, scoring four goals in 12 appearances for Pompey.

"He's been a decent defender for us," Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill told the club website.

"He's obviously very flexible which helps us a lot and he's scored some important goals for us."



Mick McCarthy has said that his job is not under any threat and he is confident of success shortly. Wolves are 20th after suffering a 2-1 loss to Wigan on Boxing Day.

"Am I feeling the pressure? It's always the same from outside," said McCarthy ahead of Wednesday's match against Liverpool at Anfield.

"I don't worry about that at all because I have a good relationship with everyone at the club."



Stephen hunt has said that he is looking forward to rediscover his form of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hunt, who has made eight appearances since returning from a long-standing foot injury, has only mustered one goal in Wolves' 3-2 win over Sunderland.

And the 29-year-old is desperate to prove his worth to the Wanderers faithful, starting with Sunday's derby clash with Birmingham City.

He told the Sunday Mirror: "You could say it's time to deliver, I suppose. When I start playing well I will let you know.


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