Towel not an issue for McCarthy
Tony Pulis' team came under scrutiny last weekend after throw-in specialist Ryan Shotton was spotted drying the ball on a towel-like material under his shirt in the win over Tottenham. The Football Association was investigating because any such aids must be made available to both teams, but, ahead of Saturday's meeting with Stoke at Molinuex, McCarthy has no complaints. "I have no objection to it," he said in Express and Star. "Whatever they want to do is fine by me. "If it's zipped into his shirt, then it's very difficult to stop him. And if they make every Stoke shirt with a towel in it, what can you do about it?" McCarthy is instead more concerned about the damage which can be caused by Manchester City's Silva, or Manchester United's Rooney, who scored twice in a 4-1 defeat of Wolves last weekend. "I have a real objection to David Silva playing against us when we play Man City," said McCarthy. "And if Man United could have left Wayne Rooney out on Saturday we'd have done a lot better too."