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Wolves tease Iwelumo to recovery

Scotland and Wolves striker Chris Iwelumo
Iwelumo missed a golden opportunity to score on his Scotland debut

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy insists a week of teasing is just what Chris Iwelumo needed following his terrible miss for Scotland against Norway.

The previously in-form Iwelumo, 30, contrived to miss an open goal from a few yards in Saturday's goalless World Cup qualifier at Hampden.

"We've actually been taking the mickey out of him," said McCarthy.

"He played well and missed a chance. I think he's sensible enough, and pragmatic enough, to know that."

Former St Mirren striker Iwelumo had been given his international debut by Scotland manager George Burley after netting eight goals in seven games since joining Wolves this summer.

His international team-mates refused to criticise the striker, but their Molineux counterparts have been less forgiving in the build-up to Saturday's Championship clash with Coventry City.

I think he should be admired for the way he handled it

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy

"He did get his leg pulled out here on Monday morning, let me tell you," said McCarthy.

"The lads didn't miss him at all. They gave him a bit of stick.

"That's the best way, because it's almost as if the things that are not said, you're waiting for them to be said.

"I don't think he had to wait too long when he walked out here on Monday morning - they were straight into his ribs."

Iwelumo's miss was further highlighted when Rangers' Kris Boyd decided he did not want to play for Burley again after the player who started his career with Albion Rovers was preferred as a second-half substitute.

But McCarthy hailed the maturity Iwelumo has demonstrated in dealing with the fall-out from last weekend.

"I think he should be admired for the way he handled it," added the Wolves boss.

"He went in and said, 'Missed a chance, sorry lads, let's get on with it' - and that's just what he's done.

"He's a great bloke and I'm really looking forward to having him back."

see also
Boyd quits Scotland under Burley
12 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Iwelumo regrets Boyd withdrawal
13 Oct 08 |  Internationals

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