Monday 22 January 2018

McCarthy praises free-flowing Wolves

WOLVES 2, FULHAM 0, Jamie Holland

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy felt his team proved a point about their playing style with yesterday's victory at Molineux.

Cottagers striker Bobby Zamora suffered a broken leg following a challenge by Karl Henry when the two sides met in London last September and Fulham captain Danny Murphy later caused a storm when he criticised the aggressive approach adopted by some top-flight clubs, with Wolves among those he made specific reference to. McCarthy revealed earlier this week that Murphy apologised for his comments before the return fixture in April.

Nonetheless, the former Ireland manager was left irked by the reputation his side had gained from the episode, so was delighted to see them overcome their opponents with a flowing performance this afternoon.

"I don't think we started in control of the game, but we grew into it and were comfortable -- we got better and better," McCarthy said.

"What is pleasing is that we gained this reputation last year for being a dirty team at Fulham by kicking them off the park, which is just so wrong.

"I really enjoyed watching my team play football against them today and beating them in the right way.

"It is nothing to do with (Fulham boss) Martin Jol or the players -- it was just that incident last year really did us a disservice, so it is pleasing to put that to bed."

Kevin Doyle opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when he collected Matt Jarvis' pass and smashed a shot past Mark Schwarzer. Jarvis then doubled the hosts' advantage in first-half stoppage time, pouncing after Roger Johnson's header had come back off the woodwork. The result means Wolves -- who triumphed 2-1 at Blackburn last weekend -- have recorded back-to-back league wins at the start of a campaign for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

McCarthy added: "I'm not really bothered about the league position -- we start near the bottom every year alphabetically. But it's nice to win two games, back-to-back in the Premier League. It's a good achievement."

It was a generally dominant display from Wolves, who might have added to their lead against a Fulham side playing their ninth game of the season due to their exploits in the Europa League qualifying rounds.

"I think Fulham were at a definite disadvantage having played on Thursday night," McCarthy said.

"I can't imagine it will be a long time before I want to get into the Europa League. If we look like getting in through the Fair Play League, I'm going to tackle somebody."

Irish Independent

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