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Wolves boss McCarthy demands Fulham backlash

last updated Friday 18th September 2009, 11:54 PM
 Wolves boss Mick McCarthy
Wolves boss
Mick McCarthy
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy wants to see a backlash from his players in Sunday's clash with Fulham at Molineux.

McCarthy was left fuming by the display of his team during last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

The former Sunderland boss does not want to see a repeat against Fulham as Wolves go in search of their first home Premier League win of the season.

McCarthy said: "It was a poor performance at Blackburn. We played well for the first 18 minutes until they scored and we played badly after that.

"The goal had a positive effect on them and a negative effect on us.Likewise in the second half and it was our poorest performance of the season so far.

"We need to win a game and I would be saying the same thing if it was home or away. We need to start picking up points again.

"We have been on a bit of a crest of a wave after winning promotion last season and maybe last Saturday was a bit of a reality check.

"That is what the game is all about. We are playing against Blackburn who really for 18 minutes were no better or worse than us and they weren't having the best of times before we played against them.

"Then we make a mistake and we were well beaten by them. It just highlights what the league is about.

"You can't make the mistakes that we made and expect to win games.

"All three goals were mistakes. We had a couple of good chances ourselves and it would have been interesting to see what would have happened had we taken them."

If Wolves are to return to winning ways, McCarthy knows his side are in for a stern test against Fulham having seen them beat Everton at Craven Cottage last weekend.

Damien Duff fired them to that win with a spectacular goal and McCarthy knows better than most the threat the former Newcastle United winger poses.

Duff was a key man for McCarthy when he was in charge of the Republic of Ireland and he added: "I know Duff well. I gave him his debut at senior international level so I know all about him.

"I watched them beat Everton last Sunday and he scored a fantastic goal.

"When Duffer is fit and flying he is a real potent force and a real threat."

McCarthy is boosted by the return of injured trio winger Michael Kightly, striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and right-back Kevin Foley for the clash.

Kightly has been sidelined for six months after hip and foot problems while Ebanks-Blake and Foley suffered hamstring and knee problems on the opening day of the season against West Ham.

But the availability of the trio has been tempered by the loss of midfielder Andrew Surman and Richard Stearman.

Surman has suffered a knee injury while Stearman is facing an extended spell on the sidelines with a twisted ankle after the duo were both injured in training.

McCarthy said: "We get three back and then this happens.

"So that has taken the shine off things somewhat.Richard has been in great form and I am really disappointed for him."









































































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