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McCarthy heads to Palace bemoaning transfer blows

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy heads into tonight's FA Cup fourth-round replay at Crystal Palace admitting he is frustrated at not being able to do more business before the transfer window closed.

McCarthy, whose side are chasing a fifth-round tie at home to Aston Villa, was prepared to smash the transfer record at Molineux to boost his relegation-threatened squad. However, he failed in a £5m bid to sign Hull winger Stephen Hunt and saw a move for Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne fall through when the 18-year-old rejected a switch to the Black Country.

McCarthy's only dealings in January saw him bring in midfielder Adlene Guedioura and winger Geoffrey Mujangi Bia -- both on loan from Charleroi. McCarthy, who paid a club record £6.5m to sign striker Kevin Doyle from Reading last summer, said: "We can't force people to come. We had contingencies in place as well. But Plan B got scuppered and Plan C got scuppered."

McCarthy now knows the players at his disposal are the ones who will have to secure the club's Premier League survival.

Before Sunday's Birmingham game at St Andrew's, McCarthy wants to book a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup and dismisses the notion a cup run would be a distraction. He continued: "If we go down there and win, no one will say it is a distraction. We want to stay in the Cup."

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