McCarthy: Points before positives
Wolves are five points adrift of safety after last Saturday's 3-2 home defeat against Bolton. But they now face Blackpool, Blackburn, Birmingham, West Brom and Wigan in five of their next six games in addition to sixth placed Sunderland. McCarthy said: "We are getting good at taking positives out of defeats and I am sick of it. It is wearing a bit thin. "We've played well enough in all the games recently. We always take the positives out of any game but it is time to get three points. "In games when you are playing teams, like we've got in the next six or seven games, you've got to get points. "It is it a defining period up to Christmas. With the position we are in now, we've got to get results and wins and we have to get them quickly. "We can't wait any longer for them." McCarthy insists he does not suffer sleepless nights through Wolves' current plight. He also knows there is no magic formula for reviving their fortunes but believes Wolves are due a change of fortunes. McCarthy said: "I sleep fine. I am preoccupied at times, more so when you are not winning, because when you are winning, you can have a happy, normal existence. "When you are losing, it seems to be forever on your brain and everyone wants to talk to you about it. "There is no magic solution. If there was, we'd be doing it now and we'd be top of the league. "All the things we believe in and which brought success last season, you have to keep doing them. "There has got to be a determination to keep a clean sheet and for the strikers to convert the chances. "There is no-one walking around here with their heads down. We are all disappointed with the position we are in but no-one is disillusioned. "There is a great spirit still amongst the players." McCarthy said: "I am a believer in luck and do think things turn around. You do have tough times in your playing career and management career. "If you keep being consistent in your performances and personality, then it will turn around. If it doesn't, I don't know what else you can do about it." McCarthy is full of praise for Blackpool's start to the campaign but believes they may it tougher now the expectation levels about their survival chances are increasing. He said: "I am surprised they've had a fearless approach because they were given no chance and it is a nice position to be in. "You go out and play with a freedom. The difficulty will come when people say 'they are a decent side, they are going to stay up'. "The expectation will be coming now after having such a good start that they will stay in the league. "That is when it becomes tough. When you have got no expectation, you can play with freedom. "It is a bit like us playing Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal recently. There was no pressure on us because no-one expected us to win. "In contrast, Bolton was a bit more of a nervy game." Wolves defender Christophe Berra is set to return after being forced to withdraw from the Bolton game shortly before kick off with a sore knee. Winger Matt Jarvis is expected to be fit despite missing part of training this week with a calf injury.