McCarthy fears effects of fatigue

The Wanderers boss believes that because his side played with just

10 men for much of the second half on Boxing Day when they lost 2-0

at Liverpool, they will find it tough against Roberto Mancini’s

outfit. So McCarthy plans to shuffle his pack for a crucial Premier

League match, with Wolves desperate to pull away from the

relegation zone against a City outfit aiming for a top-four finish

and Champions League qualification. McCarthy will definitely be

without defender Stephen Ward, who is serving a suspension for

being red-carded at Anfield. And he insists he needs to assess the

rest of his squad following the extra physical demands of

Saturday’s defeat. McCarthy said: “We played well at Anfield, I am

proud of them. Liverpool did not make many chances but with 10 men

the game is finished. “There will be some tired legs now as we

prepare to face Manchester City. Ten men against Liverpool at

Anfield means a lot more effort from everybody. “Matt Jarvis was

running on empty and Kevin Foley was too, they all put more than a

shift in. “I will have to look at them all to see who can play

against City. But I wonder whether we can produce that level of

performance again so soon after the Liverpool game. “To recover

from that, playing with 10 men, is very difficult. We just have to

try to do our best now. “Manchester City played on Saturday, they

will be tired too. But they have a slightly bigger squad than I

have. I will assess them all before making any decisions.” Wolves

will also still be without Michael Kightly, David Edwards and Andy

Keogh, who are out with ankle injuries. The defeat at Anfield, with

goals from Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun only coming after

Ward’s dismissal, still gave McCarthy plenty to be pleased about.

He said: “The performance was fine, the lads did their jobs and to

lose like that was hugely frustrating. Facing Manchester City will

be tough, but we will go into the game trying our best to win. “We

are too close to the bottom, and it is only wins that change

situations. We have to believe we can beat City.”