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Mac: Cup win catalyst for league boost

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy hopes his side's FA Cup third round 1-0 win at Tranmere Rovers will generate some momentum for their Premier League campaign.

On a rapidly freezing pitch, Matt Jarvis converted Nenad Milijas's brilliant through ball in the 77th minute, having previously missed an open goal from seven yards in the first half.

Wolves escaped after the interval when Terry Gornell went past goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey but he could only fire into the side netting.

Crystal Palace await Wolves in the next round but McCarthy is looking for a more immediate product from the FA Cup win.

"I think we have been solid enough. I didn't think we would go there and dominate the game because you just don't in the FA Cup," said the Wolves boss.

"Where people find that extra bit I don't know, but I bet that is the best they have played in a long time. They didn't allow us to pick them off. They defended well and had some good chances.

"We needed a win. I don't know what winning will do for confidence but I know what losing would have done for it: it would have had a real adverse effect.

"I thought first half we were evenly matched, but second half we were the dominant force and for long periods we were camped in their half -- deserved winners I think."


Tranmere had taken every precaution -- including covers and heaters -- in the week to ensure the match would go ahead, but with temperatures below freezing when the game kicked off at 6.15pm, the players found the pitch difficult to play.

"I didn't realise until I walked on it at the end -- it was awful. The referee (Lee Probert) said 'credit to your lads' but I think credit to everyone.

"I thought it was a good game of football because conditions were difficult."

Tranmere manager Les Parry felt his side could -- and probably should -- have forced a replay at Prenton Park.

"I thought the lads performed magnificently," he said.

"In the first half we had the majority of the play but they probably created the best chance and he (Jarvis) should probably have done better.

"In the second half they had the majority of the play but we created the best chance (Gornell).

"I think we deserved something out of the game over the 90 minutes.

"The game took 10 minutes to settle down and for both teams to get into their stride, and I thought we matched them, hit them on the break and looked dangerous from set-plays.

"Mick McCarthy will have been glad to have got them in at half-time and have a go at the lads -- which he obviously did -- because most people watching the game would have wondered which team was which.

"That's two weeks on the bounce we've missed an open goal but the lads don't do it on purpose.

"It is just unfortunate it went the wrong side of the post -- it would have been interesting had we scored at that point."