McCarthy: Sub-plots irrelevant

Wolves’ 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage in September was overshadowed

when Bobby Zamora sustained a broken leg following a challenge from

captain Karl Henry. Soon after Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy

caused outrage when he accused some managers of pumping up their

players before sending them out into a game. Specifically

mentioning Wolves, Blackburn and Stoke, Murphy claimed the players

were under orders to stop other teams from playing, and that “no

brains” were involved when it came to some tackles. Throw in the

additional fact Adlene Guedioura faces Steve Sidwell for the first

time since his leg was broken in September following a tackle from

the midfielder, who was then with Aston Villa, and there is plenty

to spice up the occasion. McCarthy, however, has reminded his

players there is only one subject that deserves any attention, and

that is the bottom-of-the-table club’s battle to beat the drop. “I

think you’ll find that staying up is the bigger story with me. I’m

not bothered about anything else,” McCarthy told Wolves’ website.

“People can always find something in any game, such as one player

went to school with someone else, so-and-so went out with someone

else’s girlfriend, or another player suffered a bad tackle from him

or somebody got booked or sent off. “There is always a sub-plot

which the media all like, but it goes right over my head. “None of

that garbage washes with me at all because I played enough games

against enough people to know there were sub-plots in all of those.

“You just go and play. I don’t think players think too much about

all that, and Fulham are a good side. “I expect a really hard,

difficult Premier League game. I watched a DVD of their game

against Manchester United [2-0 defeat on April 9] and they did all

right. “They’ve good footballers, but I’m sure people will drag up

Danny Murphy and all of his comments. “I’m sure people will look to

drag the backside out of that one, but as usual I’m not interested

in talking about it.” As for Guedioura, who spent just over six

months on the sidelines before returning to action in a 3-0 home

defeat to Everton earlier this month, McCarthy insists there is no

lingering ill will. “It happens – Adlene was most gracious about

it,” added McCarthy. “He’s back playing and that’s all that really

matters. I never griped about it and I haven’t changed my view on

it either.”