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McCarthy urges his players to win over Wolves fans

Mick McCarthy has challenged his players to win over the Wolves fans by producing a performance to remember in tomorrow's vital home Premier League clash with Wigan.

Some sections of fans chanted 'you're getting sacked in the morning' towards McCarthy when Wolves trailed 2-0 in the last home game with Swansea before the West Midlands club recovered to draw 2-2.

McCarthy branded them "mindless idiots" but now wants to restore a positive mindset around Molineux by ending a run of eight league games without a win.

He said: "We certainly can't afford to go behind in the game because that would change the atmosphere, no question. For all we've done here, patience wears thin from everybody and you have to keep winning games.

"But, listen, the fans have been brilliant. I had my rant at who I thought deserved to be ranted at and threw my toys out of the pram for a day and they are all back in.

"It was a small minority. It happens, but didn't they get back behind us when it was 2-1 and 2-2? You could hardly hear yourself think then.

"I think it is for us to generate that atmosphere against Wigan by us playing well, putting a performance in, getting in front.

"Let's give the fans something to support rather than be sat there full of anxiety and stewing about it. It is our responsibility to entertain them."

McCarthy has set Wolves a target of 12 wins for Premier League survival as he stressed the importance of tomorrow's bottom-four clash.

The Latics have fared even worse than Wolves and have lost seven games in a row to slide into last spot.

McCarthy said: "We have 12 must-win games -- wherever they come from. This one is huge."

McCarthy will make a late fitness check on Steven Fletcher, who has returned after a calf problem.