Craddock named stand-in skipper

Craddock will lead the side in the crunch relegation clash with

West Ham at Molineux on Saturday week as regular skipper Henry

begins a three-game ban following his red card at Wigan. McCarthy

believes 35-year-old Craddock is getting better with age after his

days looked numbered at Wolves a couple of years ago when he was

loaned out to Stoke. McCarthy confirmed: “Jody will be playing

against West Ham and he will have the captain’s armband on. “He has

been fabulous for us this season. His performances have been

outstanding. He has been our best defender. “He is a better player

now than when I loaned him out to Stoke and he is better than last

season. He’s been excellent and so solid.” McCarthy insists the

mood among his players remains upbeat despite a run of four

successive defeats pushing them into the bottom three. He said: “We

had a flying start with five points from the first three games and

now after seven games it is a poor start. “The mood is all right.

It is not like last season when we lost at home to Birmingham and

we were probably doubting ourselves a bit. “We haven’t played

poorly. Our performances don’t look like a team which has only got

five points. “But no-one gives a fig that we’ve been unlucky or had

decisions go against us.”