Friday 27 April 2018

McCarthy praises Wolves' dedication to cause


Jamie Holland

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy spoke of his pride at his team's commitment after they halted a four-game losing streak by coming from behind to beat Sunderland at Molineux on Saturday.

Wanderers went 1-0 up thanks to Kevin Foley's goal five minutes into the second half before efforts from Darren Bent and Danny Welbeck put Sunderland in the driving seat.

Stephen Hunt swiftly drew things level having come off the bench, though, and another substitute, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, lashed home a dramatic winner with a minute remaining.

It was the first time the midlands club had picked up any points since the end of October and McCarthy was delighted to see his players' dedication to the cause rewarded.

"I take a huge sense of pride from the fact that every time the team goes out I get every last drop out of them in terms of effort and application," said McCarthy (below). "We maybe could do with a bit more quality at times when it comes to that final pass or final ball, but we never ever lack in effort, heart or belief. They give me everything."

Although Wolves remain 19th in the Premier League, they cut the gap between themselves and safety to three points after a rollercoaster match which McCarthy admitted had been tough to watch at times.

"It wouldn't have mattered how we got the victory, I would have enjoyed it -- I went through the mill before we did though," he said.

"If I had worn my heart-rate monitor it would have been an interesting reading when I came off. It was up and down like a fiddler's elbow with the conflicting emotions."

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce felt errors at the back had cost his team victory.

Asked if he thought the match was won when Welbeck scored, Bruce said: "I would have thought so -- 2-1 up with 10 minutes to go.

"You'd think we should be good enough, but all afternoon we were on edge defensively.

"We couldn't deal with simple balls into the box and we got punished. There were many opportunities where if we had taken the final pass we were through and we were still a threat there.

"But what we needed to be was better defensively, and that is the most disappointing thing.

"We have gone and scored two goals away from home, which is not easy. So we should be coming away with something, but we didn't."

Bruce included goalkeeper Craig Gordon in his assessment of a poor defensive display, saying the Scotland stopper "should be disappointed and doing better".

He also refused to point the finger of blame at the slippy surface at Molineux, which he felt helped the game come to life after the break.

Irish Independent

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