McCarthy glad to see luck change

McCarthy has bemoaned his side’s ill fortune for a number of weeks

but saw them claim the points at Turf Moor thanks to a woeful

back-pass and a heavily deflected second goal. The win moves Wolves

clear of the bottom three and McCarthy said: “It’s tightened it up

again with West Ham and Wigan losing and it gives us more of a

fighting chance, a bit of confidence. “We’ve been playing well and

I said if we keep playing that way our luck will change. I knew we

would get a slice of good fortune by playing that way.” McCarthy

praised the form of Matthew Jarvis, who seized on Tyrone Mears’

26th-minute error to steal in and round Brian Jensen to put the

visitors in front. McCarthy added: “He has had an outstanding

season and I like to think he is learning in a really difficult

environment. He had a tough first season with us but he’s getting

better all the time. “The whole team showed some very good

character and determination today. We got ourselves a bit of a

cushion then we had to defend stoutly and manfully, and we did

that. Burnley boss Brian Laws admitted the defeat was hard to take

but urged his players to forget the result and concentrate on the

battle to beat the drop. Laws said: “We feel a little hard done by

but we’ve got to move on. It’s a huge knock but the season doesn’t

end today and there are still eight games to go. “There’s still a

lot of points to be played for and whilst that is a body-blow for

us we can’t let it affect us and destroy our last eight games.”

Laws refused to single out Mears for blame over the first goal and

while McCarthy was left to thank his luck, the Clarets boss came to

the conclusion it was “one of those days”. Laws added: “It was a

poor mistake which gave them the first goal but nobody goes out

there and deliberately makes a mistake – sometimes a judgement call

can cost you. “I can’t for one minute criticise the players. We’ve

got to have a spirit against adversity and against the issues we

put against ourselves. We have got to be positive.” Meanwhile, Laws

admitted to injury concerns over defender Danny Fox who was given

oxygen on the pitch before being stretchered off and taken to

hospital. Laws added: “Danny has got a suspected crack on the ribs

and he’s in hospital having an X-ray. The signs are not that great

but hopefully it won’t be too serious.”