Tuesday 21 November 2017

McCarthy counts lucky stars

Andrew Gwilym

A terse Mick McCarthy said he did not care about the criticism he received from the Wolves support after seeing his side come from two goals down to salvage a draw at Molineux. McCarthy's side appeared to be heading for a sixth straight defeat after Swansea scored first-half goals through Danny Graham and Joe Allen, and the hosts left the field to a chorus of boos at half-time.

Matters were initially no better in the second half with a section of the home support chanting, "You're getting sacked in the morning". There were also howls of derision when the Wolves manager took off wingers Adam Hammill and Matt Jarvis to introduce Nenad Milijas and Adlene Guedioura.

But Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle pulled a goal back from close range in the 84th minute, with Jamie O'Hara grabbing the equaliser just two minutes later to alleviate some of the pressure on McCarthy. But McCarthy, who limited the majority of his answers during his post-match press conference to a handful of words, refused to be drawn on his feelings regarding the Molineux fans.

"They (the fans) can react all they like, it was a great point today and I am delighted. I can't explain the comeback. We were really, really lucky," he said. "We have played better over the previous five games and got nothing. We have needed something to get us off seven points, something to end the run of defeats. We needed a bit of luck or a bit of magic and if this proves to be a turning point I will be delighted. I'm not bothered. We got a point. We needed something."

"I'm not sure we are jumping around for joy as it has been a difficult day for us, but when you pick the bones out of it, it's a good point. We can only judge whether this is a turning point in weeks to come".

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, cut a dejected figure after seeing his side let two points slide from their grasp, but praised his players for picking up a first away point. "It felt like a defeat," he said. "We dominated and controlled the game with and without ball, so to lose the lead in the last 10 minutes was obviously difficult, but it's our first away point and the performance was fantastic."

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