McCarthy thanks players

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy praised the “trust” shown in him by his players after a 2-0 victory over Burnley at Molineux lifted the midlands club out of the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League.

McCarthy came in for criticism after fielding a reserve side against Manchester United at Old Trafford in midweek.

He brought back his first-choice players against the Clarets and goals from Nenad Milijas and Kevin Doyle earned Wolves their third win in the last four games.

McCarthy said: “Did the win justify my midweek team selection? I’m not looking for it at all, justification or vindication.

“I have to be able to manage the club, manage the players, maximise my resources, pick teams and be trusted with it by everyone concerned.

“The day I’m not trusted is the day I get out of the door, isn’t it? So I have to be allowed to do that.

“We’ve had nine points out of 12 since the Birmingham game and people who were here when we played Birmingham would never have thought that.

“It is about all the games, not just about today.”

McCarthy added: “I am delighted but I kind of expected it (the performance) because of the decisions I made.

“The nice part was the players believed in me and trusted me and let me get on with it.

“They were 100% behind the decisions I made and they played well today and won the game.

“It is all about results. People’s opinions of my decisions, I’m not bothered with. One or two people’s opinions of me, and my character, I might have trouble with.

“I’m not going to appease people just because we won. I’m not really bothered. We’ve got 19 points and it is a lot better feeling than it was two weeks ago.”

Burnley have now conceded 29 goals in their nine away games, which have yielded only one point.

Manager Owen Coyle believes they need to improve at both ends of the pitch if they are to change that poor record.

He said: “It is very obvious that we have lost two terrible goals. For the first one, there were three or four individual mistakes.

“At this level you must defend well and, at the other end, if you get chances you must take them. We didn’t do both of those things well enough today and we have paid a heavy price.

“We were architects of our own downfall, although, in fairness to Wolves, Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake caused us problems all afternoon.

“I also felt we had two strong penalty claims and the challenge on Steven Fletcher was a cast-iron penalty. He was dragged to the ground.”

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