Molineux victories key to Big Mick’s survival plan

MICK McCARTHY still believes Wolves will scramble out of the relegation mire to Premier League safety — but has challenged his side to win their remaining two home games to pull off the escape after missing the chance to climb out of the bottom three against Birmingham City.

Wolves remain a point from safety ahead of next Sunday’s Black Country derby against West Brom at Molineux and their final home game of the season is against fellow relegation rivals Blackburn.

McCarthy knows his chances have been damaged by the draw, saying: “Of course they are less favourable, because we have one game less to play, but we have got to do the job at home. We have got two games and I still think it will go to the last day.”

Birmingham inched closer to their target of 40 points, but manager Alex McLeish criticised the poor discipline of Craig Gardner, who was sent off for two yellow cards inside the opening 30 minutes.

Gardner was shown his first yellow for confronting Jamie O’Hara following a strong challenge and then his second followed a dive in a challenge with Jody Craddock.

“I don’t condone diving, but I think he was trying to get out the way. I was more upset with his reaction to the first tackle, he has to let the referee deal with that.”

David Bentley, on loan from Spurs, faces a frosty reception at the Blues’ training ground after storming out of the ground 10 minutes before kick-off after being left out of the squad.

“He won’t be the first to do it. Others who have done it come in to training the next day and I expect the same of him. It is not something I will be losing sleep over,” said McLeish.


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