Wolves no walkover – McCarthy

McCarthy witnessed his 10 men make Liverpool fight all the way for

their 2-0 victory on Saturday – a result which left Wolves with

three wins and two defeats from their last five Premier League

games. Steering Wolves to five wins and four draws in their opening

19 games has given McCarthy some satisfaction, even if they are

still too near the drop zone for comfort ahead of Monday’s clash

with Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City. “I am happy with our

performances so far,” he said. “We are at the halfway stage and we

have 19 points – I would have taken that at the beginning of the

season. “And recently, in particular, we have done well. “It sends

out the message to everybody that we are not walkovers in this

division. “We have had some luck, picked up wins and the lads have

stuck together. We needed to change a few things and we have done

that. “But in the end it is wins that change situations and

perceptions and we have to believe we can do the same against

Manchester City.” Wolves lost to second-half goals from Steven

Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun at Anfield, but only after Stephen

Ward’s dismissal. Ward was subject of a bizarre piece of refereeing

from Andre Marriner which initially saw his team-mate Christophe

Berra mistakenly shown a yellow card for a foul on Lucas Leiva. The

official then amended his error and Ward was dismissed for a second

bookable offence. McCarthy was furious, suggesting it was not a

foul and that fourth official Phil Dowd may have played a part in

Marriner’s change of heart to eventually get the right man for the

offence. The Wolves boss added: “The referee had no choice then but

to send off Stephen Ward. “Booking Berra was no danger for the

referee, then he finds out it’s the wrong man and has no choice. “I

did not feel there was much contact at the time. Seeing it later

just convinced me further. “I’m only bothered about whether someone

whispered in the referee’s ear what was going on because I am not

convinced the fourth official really knew initially.” Now the

Wolves boss must put all that behind him as he prepares to face a

Manchester City side fresh from their 2-0 defeat of Stoke in

Mancini’s first game in charge since succeeding the

controversially-axed Mark Hughes. Ward will be suspended for

tomorrow’s home clash with City, while McCarthy hopes his players

can recover quickly from the extra exersion required due to their

numerical disadvantage at Anfield. He said: “We played well, I am

proud of them. Liverpool did not make many chances. But at 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 they did a good job, and I wonder whether we can

do that 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.”