Mick gets shirty with Scharner

McCarthy claimed his players were upset because they felt Scharner

had lifted his match shirt and displayed the contents of a T-shirt

towards some of them during the latter stages of Sunday’s Premier

League match. Wolves substitute Stephen Hunt appeared to be angered

by Scharner’s actions and was involved in an exchange with the

Austrian. But Scharner defended his actions, insisting the T-shirt

only contained a club logo and the words ‘West Bromwich Albion’,

and was aimed at the Baggies supporters. McCarthy said: “Scharner

had something on his T-shirt and showed it to the lads over the

other side (of the pitch). “There is no need for it and maybe that

upset the lads. You can lose but you don’t need your nose rubbing

in it. “If there were words said (between the players), it would

have been because of that. He lifted up his shirt, there is no need

for it. “It’s when you get responses. Take the mickey with the

ball, that’s the game. I get the hump with it.” But Scharner is

adamant his actions were not meant to anger the Wolves players. He

said: “My kids gave me the T-shirt. They stuck a club logo on it

and I was just showing it to the fans. That’s all.” Wolves have now

lost five games in a row as goals from skipper Chris Brunt and

Peter Odemwingie secured Albion’s first home win of the campaign.

McCarthy said: “I could say they were clinical as they had two good

finishes and we didn’t. “We started well but being the best team

for seven minutes is no good if you then concede. It could have

been avoided. “The second goal knocked the stuffing out of us. We

had enough chances but we weren’t clinical.” Odemwingie put a

difficult week behind him, which had seen Nigeria fail to qualify

for the African Nations Cup and further concerns over his ankle

problem. He came off the bench to score his second goal of the

campaign. Albion boss Roy Hodgson said: “It will give Peter a big

lift. He was terrific when he came on. “I was preparing for the

game with Somen (Tchoyi) because I didn’t think Peter was going to

be fully fit and that turned out to be the right decision. “He’s a

very good player and it’s important for him to realise we are all

behind him and it is not on his shoulders (to score all the goals).

“We have Shane Long now, Somen, Chris Brunt, good players to keep

us going and provide the ammunition.” Albion moved out of the

bottom three and Hodgson admitted: “It was a very important game

and it was excellent to get our first home win of the season. “It

was also important to get our third clean sheet from eight games.

That’s more than the two for the whole of last season. “If we keep

three clean sheets every eight, we’ll be fine.” Hodgson also

believes McCarthy is under no pressure for his job despite Wolves

sliding to 17th in the table. He said: “I can’t imagine for a

minute that Wolves would want to sack Mick McCarthy, he’s done a

terrific job. “If my team played as well as his today and lost, I

think I’d be getting a pat on the back and people telling me to

keep my head up.”