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McCarthy felt robbed

Our Mick didn't hold back any punches following Wolves last minute defeat to Bolton.

A Ronald Zubar cock up led to Daniel Sturridge scoring with almost the last kick of the game last night.

'I feel lousy, I feel robbed. I feel we had a point in our pocket and we've given it away. It was self-inflicted after we played all right in the game and scrapped it out.' McCarthy told the BBC after the game.

That goal condemned us to yet another defeat and pushed us back to rock bottom in the Premier League table (saying that even a draw would have left us bottom with West Ham winning).

He continued: 'It was self-inflicted at Fulham when we lost a point there, it was self-inflicted at home against Aston Villa, at Spurs, at Manchester United... I might go on and on.'

'To give it away in the manner in which we have, I don't have the words to tell you how bad we feel. There had been a few chances at either end but I think we had all settled for a draw.'

Vital Wolves Comment: Absolutely gutting, there isn't anything further to add!

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 3 2011

Time: 10:00AM

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Yes Mick,it is called self inflicted,its also called a defence,well when you have one thats what its called!,names for what wev'e got?,I'll have to think a little on that one,over to you NYC and Banksy?.Hand on heart someone I overheard said can you name another THREE worse teams in the premiership and to be honest at this moment in time I cant,you might argue the point with one maybe at a push two but not three!that spells one thing,fizzy pop league.Merlin and Coco have always pulled a win out of the bag when they have most needed it this season,I dont think even beating Man Utd will be enough now,wer'e simply losing too many matched to the wrong teams.UTW as ever.
Crete Wolf
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03/02/2011 11:57:00

The defence will look better in the Championship next year!!
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03/02/2011 12:08:00

..........' had all settled for a draw'!! and 'when we lost a point there' (at Fulham). Is this how Mick proposes to climb up the table? Is this 4-1-4-1 his secret weapon? I cannot say we should have thrown everybody forward, for with what ? with 7 defenders in the line-up? Where were the players who could have provided a spark here and there: Milijas, Fletcher? - on the bench! SEB? -(89th). Instead we get destroyer Henry (D 08 is what I call him, in Royal Navy terms) and hard workers Edwards, Jones. Crete Wolf, at the moment there is not a worse team, let alone whether there are three or two. The squad is adequate all right, I am with Mick there; it is the team that he sends out that I contest. All this caution must be thrown to the wind if we are to get the wins required to stay up - and that now means making good for a 3-point gap, not defending a 5-point one. Admittedly, I was wrong in saying that the league position does not allow reverting to the one-up-front formation. ...'self-inflicted' Mick says; since he is already quite at home with that feeling, risking to aggravate the pain to the limit by going 4-2-4 (with players 'in their position' - no tricks, please, Merlin - only magic!) and getting thumped 5-0 several times is only a question of degree and should be quite in order - winning 3-1 or 3-2 on as many occasions would follow. It nearly happened at Eastlands when 1-0 up. Had the second gone in ....Jarvis' shot blocked, if I remenber correctly. Attack from the word go for a TWO-goal advantage. That, in one sentence, is my way to salvation - or to hell, for hell it is sure to be otherwise.
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03/02/2011 14:58:00

In my report I indicate that I am moving to this point of view, deemed 'nonsensical' a week or so ago. We have to do something positive to get wins. Draws are not enough now. Before we reverted to 4-5-1 to ensure survival last year, MM's interviews always dwelt on the benefits of a 4-4-2 formation. As he observed at the time, two wins and two losses were better than four draws. It's the point that lovesW is making. Oh dear! I am a little unhappy and I have a trip to Molineux on Saturday to 'look forward' to. Surprisingly, I think I might enjoy it in a detached sort of way because I can feel Nirvana approaching.
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03/02/2011 16:06:00

Ah, some one understands, and even approves, even though through force of circumstance. 'Nonsensical' I deem it indeed even now, Southbank 60 - but where has sense got us? The quality of the attackers is better, okay somewhat better, than that of the defenders - so I have here to adapt the saying 'put your best foot forward' into a literal 'put your best feet forward'. Man.U. What better occasion, top against bottom of the table, all or nothing, do or die. Historically, they are, after Real Madrid, the most attack-minded side..and Mick surely won't need me reminding him of Sir AF's famous : faint heart never won fair lady. Or does he?
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03/02/2011 17:23:00

LovesW you make some good points. We don't need Karl the Crab in Midfield. Lets have a go at going forward. Milijas must play with Jones, we look far better that way. In a couple of weeks O Hara may look better there. Gued...hurry back A midfield of Gued, Milijas ,Hammill O Hara may be our best bet with Jarvo and Hunt to come on as impact subs, or one to play in a 5 man midfield....
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03/02/2011 21:49:00

I am gathering disciples here. Two already. OLDGOLD....and Black? Not the situation Wolves are in now...I mean Black, ALL Black, an attack like the All Blacks. Berra and Craddock central defenders, Gued and Milijas in midfield, Doyle and Hunt covering the flanks, up and down, SEB. Fletch, Vokes and Jarvis up front. Hammill at the ready. Crazy ? Unbalanced? Yes on both counts. The diagnosis calls for a risky operation. Medication won't do. A point per match certainly won't save this patient. Three may or may not; give it a go and find out. If it succeeds, mission acomplished. . .if it doesn't, we go down in style, and with no regrets of not having given all, for if we play (?) the way we are playing we will go down. This is the whole of it, as I see.
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03/02/2011 22:45:00

Wales v England twrw to distract my thoughts about the red devils arriving!,me thinks a close game at the Millenium Banksy?
Crete Wolf
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03/02/2011 22:49:00

I have prepared the ground for a couple of days of watching sport by spending time at DIY centres and going round a garden of a stately home. A friend is coming round to watch the rugby match this evening: he's English but it's gentlemanly rivalry not of the AVFCWills10 variety. We'll sink a few beers and then tomorrow morning I'm off early to Worcester for a day's work before heading on to Molineux. As you know, I have traded a Wales victory for a Woves survival so we'll see this evening what the outcome of tomorrow's match will be.
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04/02/2011 08:12:00

Hope your right about the Wolves survival!!!!!!,Wales were not very good,England always looked in control.Think Byrne should have started at 15 and Hook should have been 10.Worst I've seen Jones play at 10,and who was that at No8???a bleached bimbo??Thats eight on the bounce Wales have lost!!,Gatland's last season in charge me thinks?.
Crete Wolf
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04/02/2011 23:11:00

Unbalanced???No your ok on that score lovesW,NYC takes the oscar on that score no probs.It would not suprise me if we beat Man Utd tmrw but even if we do it wont be enough!,wer'e losing to the bottom teams to often!.Ahhh!,back into the sunshine again!!!!.Factor 4.
Crete Wolf
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04/02/2011 23:18:00

Ha. Cheers Crete :) As far as the above goes I strongly agree, as we appear in unsion, that this silly nonsense approach will lead to nothin but relegation. Losing 2-1 against Sunderland? We threw more strikres on and won. Against Man City we were winning until King Zubes lost his mind again and conceeded the corner that led directly to the equalizer. Whilst admired and respected in football circles Mick has never been known as a master tacitician. Last season he proved against this by bringing a formation and style of play that ensured survival- these silly systems will not save us, everyone who has said so I absolutely right. We have enough striikres, wingers, creative midfielders to counter the goals we have and will continue to allow against us, because our defenders, based on continous erros simply are not good enough. I could go through them all one by one and give them gold stars here and there but the fact remains the mistakes have been made all season and I am sick and tired of reading 'we must cut out the errors". Really, do you think about that every week? Oh, I effed it up again, best not do it again, next game do it again. It's B S and I'm getting tired of it. I've played plenty of football in my life, and whilst you make the mistakes, perhaps the same mistake twice, you don't keep making it over and over again because you soon find yourself with nothing better to do than read the Sunday paper- if these players can't string a decent pass together, remove them. Bring in someone else. At this point I couldn't care less if they played the academy for the rest of the season because I can't imagine them making any more mistakes.
New York City Wolf
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05/02/2011 06:28:00

I myself have been meaning to make a point about the 'cut out the errors' after-match comments - and precisely the one NYCW is making - but have been constantly so immersed in wild imaginings of a 2-4-4 and which players best fit the positions .....and dwelling on the same subject for too long makes it difficult to shift the focus elsewhere. You Brits have Rugby to cater for that, while I have to linger in dreamland. Before the Bolton game, I had written that I saw more chance of points from the Man U and Arsenal games together than three from the Reebok: Bolton not being a free-scoring team by any means, MM would field a guarded formation to fit the probabilty that the game would drag on goaless for a long stretch and then hope(?) for the winning break....instead of actually going for all three points by bringing on all available strikers in the last 10, even in the last 5 minutes. And he rues the missed point! He can make up for that right now by getting MY point!! With Man U and Arsenal, it is hard to see either not scoring, so he will probably go all-out at the start -as at Eastlands -to get the goal to make good for the one that is sure to be conceded at some later stage of the game........and IF the opposition then squander glaring chances, like Chelsea did, then we have our three points and no mention anywhere of the inefficiency, the inadequacy, of the defence, now overshadowed by the sensation of the result. Now, NYCW, if a defender simply does not make the grade - moreover, I say, if the defence, 'en bloc', does not make the grade - do away altogther with it. Insufficiency of funds puts the top-rated defenders out of reach, and the transfer window is now closed anyway. Replace these incompetents (except for Craddock and Berra, I hasten to add) with attacking midfielders, forwards and strikers and launch assault after assault giving the least time possible to the opposition to expose and capitalise on our skimpy defence - the question about the consequences of the weaknesses of such a defence and a full one, but impoversihed in quality, 'per se', is, at best, very debatable, the resolution being in the hands - in the feet, in this case, and perhaps even in the heads -of the forwards and strikers, in how efficient they are in putting away the scoring chances.
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05/02/2011 09:39:00

Where are you from lovesW ??
Crete Wolf
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05/02/2011 10:46:00

Not far away from Crete, actually, fellow Wolf: Malta. I suspect, though, that you or others would deem no reply an honest one except it be 'from the moon', but I reserve the right to be the first to label my fantasies 'lunatic', for so they are, the philsophy on which they stand being: where sense has failed, try nonsense!
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05/02/2011 13:28:00

lovesW: we've been here before and I think you are still deploying the inverted commas! There is a sensible point lurking in your argument - and I have acknowledged it in earlier responses - but you remain in puckish mode.
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09/02/2011 13:24:00

Southbank 60, you are absolutely right in thinking I am still deploying the inverted commas - and the dashes, and the brackets, and the dots, and the UPPER CASE, and I will continue to do so......... for I see no reason why I shouldn't. It is just my style of writing. (No other reason).
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