Tuesday 28 March 2017

Wolves counting on foot-of-the-table Spurs to be nervous

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is hoping to capitalise on any edginess shown by Tottenham as the visitors attempt to get their first points of the Barclays Premier League season at Molineux on Saturday.

Spurs have lost their opening two matches of the new campaign, and McCarthy believes teams are always slightly nervous before they break their duck for the year.

McCarthy said: "Always - if you haven't got any points.

"Look at West Brom, the games that they've had - Chelsea and Manchester United.

"It heaps the pressure on that next game."

However, the former Sunderland boss insists fans must retain a sense of perspective at this stage.

He said: "It's over the season, and it's about keeping your calm when you haven't got any points or you haven't had a good start."

McCarthy also believes off-the-field circumstances, such as the protracted saga of Luca Modric's potential move away from White Hart Lane, have also taken their toll.

"I don't know how it affects players but it affects the club," McCarthy added.

"Certainly it has to affect you as a manager.

"I've said all along with my players, if someone comes along and says 'gaffer I don't want to play for you any more, someone's bid a zillion pounds for me', it's going to be hard to keep him.

"And if you keep him maybe against his will it upsets the apple cart a bit."

Despite their travails this season, McCarthy has backed Spurs to finish in the top six.

"They'll still be there this season," he said.

"They have been beaten twice, but I think by the best two teams in the league (Manchester United and Manchester City).

"Playing those two and not having the home game against Everton has done them a real disservice."

McCarthy has picked the same starting 11 for all three league games so far, and he's likely to do the same on Saturday as winger Matt Jarvis looks set to recover from injury.

"He's okay I think," McCarthy said.

"He's just had this little niggly ankle problem and has had to have an injection.

"Hopefully he'll train tomorrow and he'll be fine."

Wolves have left one space in their 25-man Premier League squad, but McCarthy said he hasn't had discussions with any particular free agent , despite reported interest in former Birmingham forward James McFadden.

"There's nobody that we're looking at seriously," he said.

"Of course you could throw any name you wanted at me.

"If they're available and I think they fit the criteria of player that I want then I'd have to be interested."

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