McCarthy a fan of Stoke style

Stoke have a low pass completion ratio and also low possession

statistics, figures which have invited criticism, not least from

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has previously accused Stoke of

playing rugby rather than football. However, McCarthy has revealed

he is a big admirer of Stoke’s style of play, which has seen them

consolidate their position in the Premier League, as well as

progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League. McCarthy’s

team play host to the Potters on Saturday and the Wolves boss is an

admirer of their opponents. “They make the best of everything

they’ve got,” he said. “I admire and respect them for it. I think

they’ve got some good players, actually. Why should anybody think

they’re going to make it easy for you? “They play to their

strengths. I was loving it at the game against Tottenham on Sunday,

when the fans were singing ‘we’re Stoke, we’ll play how we want’.

“I thought that was fantastic. I love that bloody-mindedness. And

then they were singing ‘two-nil to the rugby team’ and ‘Swing Low,

Sweet Chariot’. It was class, I loved it.” And McCarthy believes

success is not defined by your footballing philosophy, but by the

results you achieve. “Isn’t it funny, everybody’s so arrogant about

how you should play,” he said. “You win football matches, that’s

how you’re a success. There’s so many different ways of doing it,

and I don’t think there’s a right way or a wrong way. “The right

way is winning, and getting the best out of your team. Tony (Pulis)

does it all the time, and I’m a huge admirer of him for it.”

McCarthy also revealed that he has started the search for

reinforcements in the January transfer window. “We’re having a

look, yes, of course,” he said. “We only signed one player (Roger

Johnson) in the summer. Jamie (O’Hara) had been here since

Christmas. “It would be nice to freshen it up and change things

around, if you can. “That’s not always possible, but we are

looking.” However, McCarthy added that the paucity of quality,

available players on the market means that every potential signing

will also be on his rivals’ radar. “I think you’ll find we’re all

looking in the same pool,” he said. “Who’s going to end up with

them? Only time will tell.”