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Boss McCarthy happy to win ugly

Mick McCarthy
Mick McCarthy described the 1-0 loss at Burnley as reaching "rock bottom"

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has admitted he will take any sort of win against Cardiff City on Sunday, as long as his team pick up all three points.

McCarthy's side have won just one of their last nine league games, but still lead the Championship by three points.

He told BBC WM: "The desire and expectation has turned into anxiety, nerves and a lack of confidence.

"It's affecting everybody, and the only way to put things right is by playing well and winning. Well, just winning."

McCarthy has sensed a change of mood around the club, a change which he expected given the club's recent run of form.

He added: "Had we won four or five on the trot to go top, we would have been thrilled because we'd be in good form and you'd think we could push on and do it.

"It's the opposite. We've given bad goals away in games and those points would have been very helpful.

"Some of the performances have been good, and some have been poor, culminating in the one against Burnley last Saturday."

Wolves won 2-1 against Cardiff at Ninian Park in October, thanks to two goals in the opening 10 minutes from Chris Iwelumo and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Defender Richard Stearman told BBC WM: "We'll be looking to do the same again.

"We've been giving some sloppy goals away, but the boys up front continue to do what they are doing, then we just need to get things right at the back."

The squad went to La Manga for a warm-weather training camp this week, and Stearman thinks it will be beneficial for their promotion chances.

"It was great for us to get away for a little bit of team bonding," he added. "We've got some good work done and we'll be heading in fresh for the weekend."

Wolves could be ahead only on goal difference from second-placed Birmingham City at the top of the Championship by the time they kick off against Cardiff on Sunday (1300 GMT).

Blues play away at Coventry City on Saturday (1500 GMT) and three points at the Ricoh Arena will take them level with Wolves.

And third-placed Reading, who have two games in hand on Wolves, would close to within a point if they win at home to Bristol City.

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see also
Wolves v Cardiff
20 Feb 09 |  Championship
Burnley 1-0 Wolves
14 Feb 09 |  Championship

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