McCarthy wants to ‘end with a flourish’

McCarthy’s side are now six points clear of the bottom three – and

have a superior goal difference – in 14th position with just four

games remaining following a 0-0 bore draw at Molineux. But the

manager is determined not to let any complacency creep in amongst

his players. He said: “This result means someone has to get seven

points to get above us but we want to continue to pick up positive

results until the end of the season. “We want to end with a

flourish and not have to worry about the other results.” McCarthy

was full of praise for the way his defenders coped with the

constant stream of long throws from Stoke midfielder Rory Delap –

25 in total during the 90 minutes. Jody Craddock was in

particularly fine form in what was the 500th league appearance of

his career despite having to have his head bandaged up after a

clash of heads with Abdoulaye Faye. McCarthy said: “I thought Jody

and Christophe (Berra) were outstanding. Some teams would have

crumbled (from the succession of long throws) but we dealt with

them. “It is a great weapon to have in your armoury.” Stoke boss

Tony Pulis is adamant there will be no easing up by his side in the

final section of the season even though they have assured Premier

League survival for another campaign. He said: “We have spoken

about this. The chairman is still paying the wages and the fans are

still paying their money to come and watch. “I get very

disappointed when people say ‘they are mid-table, they will be

downing tools’. “They still have a responsibility to the club and

the fans. As long as I am manager, I will be keen for all my

players to be committed.” The Wolves fans constantly booed Delap’s

throws but Pulis has promised Stoke will continue to employ the

tactic. He said: “They cheered their own long throws and booed

ours. It is a great weapon for us. The opposition don’t like and we

will keep using it, don’t worry about that. “The more the

opposition don’t like it, the more we will use it.”