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We are not a dirty side, says Wolves boss Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy
Manager Mick McCarthy insists Wolves are "not a dirty team"

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has dismissed as "a pile of nonsense" the bad publicity surrounding the club.

McCarthy's side have been criticised for picking up 13 yellow cards and one red in their last two league matches.

Wolves collected seven bookings in the draw with Newcastle - and a further six and the red in Saturday's defeat at Fulham which came after an early lead.

McCarthy said: "I've watched the game twice now, and my concern is there wasn't a bad tackle at Fulham."

Fines from the Football Association totalling £75,000 have been issued to the Molineux club, while Fulham striker Bobby Zamora broke his leg following a fair challenge from Wolves' Karl Henry.

But McCarthy sees no reason why his players should change their approach for Saturday's visit to Spurs, or for any other game.

He said: "Funnily enough I watched the Tottenham-Wigan game on video and Phil Dowd [also in charge at Fulham] was the referee in that, and I looked at some of the challenges and thought 'we had bookings for those'.

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"I've gone through the bookings and there wasn't a bad, malicious tackle, and there we are with six bookings and a sending off. We're not a dirty team, but at the moment it looks like we are because of circumstances.

"I try my best not to offend anybody, but if that's the way people want to perceive me and my team there's not a great deal I can do about it. But it's wrong, a whole pile of nonsense actually, but such is life.

"It suits a lot of people to suggest Mick McCarthy's team is that way inclined, but all my teams have always played football, or been competitive, and that's the way we will continue to be.

"We'll have to play silky, free-flowing football and beat teams by two or three goals to get everybody off our backs."

McCarthy said Henry had shown no ill-effects in training this week despite natural concern and disappointment at what unfolded with Zamora.

"If you're involved in any such incident, as a fellow professional you're going to have great empathy, certainly sympathy towards Zamora, but then we all have," said McCarthy.

"He felt deeply for him, and I believe he has spoken to him, which I'd expect him to do. But it was a fantastic tackle, and there should be no blame or any fingers pointed at Karl.

"Karl has trained this week and been his usual self. He is fantastic."



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Zamora injury unfortunate - Henry
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Fulham 2-1 Wolves
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Wolves 1-1 Newcastle
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