Mick hopes for Ireland effect

BY foxsports • November 18, 2011

Former Republic boss McCarthy saw Kevin Doyle, Stephen Ward and Stephen Hunt helping their country complete a 5-1 aggregate play-off win over Estonia with a 1-1 draw in Dublin on Tuesday evening to reach the finals of Euro 2012. He believes they will all benefit from competing at a major tournament but in the short term wants them to play their part for Wolves in building on the 3-1 win over Wigan almost a fortnight ago - their first victory in nine games. McCarthy said: "It is a huge, huge day for Doyley, Wardy and Hunty, all the players and the country. "It was brilliant to see them qualify and it will benefit all of them as players. "All the top teams are there. There are no mugs there at all, so you've got to perform. It's tournament football as well. "I think in terms of your development, education and experience, playing in a major tournament is invaluable. "I know, having been there. I went in 1988 to the European Championships and played against England, Holland and Russia - a real high level of football. "But they know they've got to come back to work and earn a living in the Premier League and I hope the feelgood factor filters down to Wolves." McCarthy can see a vast improvement in Ward, who has been one of Wolves' most consistent performers this season. He said: "I honestly believe Wardy is a far better player now, having had some international football. "He has stepped up another level. He has improved all round - his all-round game, his confidence, everything. "I've had loads like him of that ilk that have come from lower levels and made themselves better players but he is as good as anyone I have worked with of that kind of player. "His ability, his attitude, the way he has gone about it, is spot on. He has not always been flavour of the month here but he has won them (the fans) over." McCarthy is expecting a tough encounter at Goodison Park, despite Everton having lost six of their last seven games including a 2-1 reverse at Newcastle last time out. He said: "I saw the game against Newcastle and, although they went 2-0 down, Everton finished well and had a lot of chances. "Annually, for the last few years, they've had difficult starts, whether it's been through injury or whatever, but David Moyes keeps them going. "His track record there is second to none. He has been fabulous. They are a good side. "I know David will treat us with respect and make sure they are well prepared for us, and they would see us an opportunity to kick-start their season. "But they also know we are capable of going there, playing well and taking points off them. Having just got a win, we don't want to get back to losing ways." McCarthy has no new injury worries with only right-back Kevin Foley (ankle) unavailable while he continues his rehabilitation work. Nine of his players have been ever present in the Premier League this season and he is unlikely to make any radical changes after the win against the Latics.


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