Hunt hails McCarthy team talk

Hunt struck the second goal with three minutes left in a 3-2 home

defeat against Blackburn which edged them in front of Birmingham in

terms of goals scored. In the end Wolves had a point to spare as

Blues were forced to gamble after Hunt’s goal and were beaten 2-1

at Tottenham. Hunt, relegated previously with Reading and Hull,

said: “I’ll enjoy the moment. Thank God we had the lap of the gods

on our side. “The couple of goals we got were vital because it

changed the way other teams had to play. “I heard the fans singing

‘we need one more goal’ and we were mentally strong. “Birmingham

had shut up shop, and then they had to go for it and, in the end,

got beaten and we got over the line.” Wolves looked to be heading

out of the top flight after trailing 3-0 at the interval to goals

from Jason Roberts, Brett Emerton and Junior Hoilett. Hunt said:

“At half-time I couldn’t look the manager in the eye. I don’t think

anyone could. We didn’t know what to say. “We were down in the

dumps. But Mick (McCarthy) got us going again with his team talk.”

McCarthy said: “We were in it, then we were out of it. We were up

and then we were down. “I was getting messages every couple of

minutes on bits of paper. Some had swear words on, others said

happy days. “I said all along that it would come down to May 22 and

it might even be goal difference or goals scored. “I do not even

know the exact outcome now. All I knew at the end of the game was

that we had stayed up.” “I am thrilled and I am very proud of the

players. But I am shattered physically and emotionally.”