McCarthy denies team has been scarred by late goals



Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has revealed he doesn’t think his players have been mentally affected by conceding late goals this season.

Wolves face Blackpool this weekend in a must win game for the team that posted £9million profits for the year, but sit bottom of the league.

Wolves looked on course for three vital points against West Brom on Sunday before Carlos Vela broke their hearts late on.

Fulham, Bolton and Manchester United have also taken late points away from Wolves this season.

“I can think of five points we’ve lost without even drawing breath – Manchester United, Fulham, Bolton, West Brom straight away. Had we not conceded those, we would be sat now on 30 points,” said McCarthy.

“I know every team can say things like that, whether it’s by performances or bad decisions, but there are five points that should be in the bag.

“It’s not just concentration, or just one thing that’s happened, but that’s certainly cost us.

“The players aren’t getting scarred by it, though.

“Albion got a bit of fortune with their goal against us. On another day that wouldn’t have happened, but I don’t think they’ll be scarred by it at all.”

Talking about this weekend’s opponents, Blackpool, Mick was quick to praise the efforts of the Blackpool boss Ian Holloway, who will be buoyed by their 3-1 win over Tottenham on Tuesday.

“I would say Ian is already a contender for the award,” McCarthy added.

“Blackpool have been a breath of fresh air and had a terrific result the other evening.

“I can’t imagine he will alter the way Blackpool have played all season when they face us.

“They have been terrific but they also work hard and get back and defend. It is unlikely to be a 0-0. It was very open against Spurs.”

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