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McCarthy shoulders the blame

McCarthy shoulders the blame

On a match by match basis a defeat for Wolves against Liverpool is normally acceptable.

We of course don't like losing, but unfortunately with the way that the top flight in England works, some games have to be classed as bonus fixtures. Enjoy them when they come along, but do not expect to get anything from them and if you do, enjoy the surprise of an unexpected point or three.

The problem comes when you play Liverpool on transfer deadline day, have failed to really match the expectations of a demanding supporter base, have already gone the previous eight games without a win and then completely collapse in the final 40 minutes to lose 3-0.

When that happens, those supporters who have already had enough will make their opinions known even louder than before and that was the case last night.

The full-time whistle at Molineux was greeted with a chorus of boos, while the Sky Sports cameras were quick to spot a MAC OUT banner in the stands.

It was an evening to forget for Mick McCarthy.

'We've had so many knock-backs that it's bound to be a huge disappointment and the reaction was that. I was trying to get fresh legs on - because of the shape we couldn't get the ball back.' our Mick told the BBC after the game.

Speaking directly about the fans reaction after the full time whistle he added: 'It is fully understood and the last 35 minutes were unacceptable. We were getting a real chasing but they're a great bunch of lads, work their socks off for me and the club, and the shape that I had was making it difficult.

'But I was never going to accept keeping it 4-5-1, defend, and lose 2-0 so I take the blame for the last 35 minutes.'

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Writer:Akela
Date:Wednesday February 1 2012
Time: 12:00PM

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Its more than just that Mick however admirable it is to hold your hands up. Bassong is a good signing (be interesting to see who gets chopped) but we could have been 2 up at half time had we had a decent striker to back fletcher up. Edwards missed 2 sitters and although he runs around like a headless chicken isn't a natural goal scorer. JOH may sit in the hole and fill that role...time will tell. Regardless of what you think of him, we missed henry last night. Frimpong was given henry's role which he did admirably but what it did do was stop him being as effective as he was last time.Henry brings balance to that setup. Jonnson was pretty much awol for large parts of the game so as suspected......he ain't no better than what we have....600k wasted. Kightly looked out of sorts last night too. His first touch was appalling at times but i will give him the benefit of the doubt...this time.
Rustmonkey
01/02/2012 12:26:00
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The problem was not the shape of the team. It was the heart, desire, motivation and distinct lack of confidence throughout the whole squad (bar a few exceptions in Wayne, Kights & Manny). Roger Johnson is more of a liability than an asset, he is by no means a leader on the field and deserves to lose his place to Stearman (or Bassong). What little consistency we have managed to maintain is the assurance of at least one goal conceded per game; absolutely abysmal and completely inexcusable for a manger with Mick’s defensive pedigree!! It is my firm belief that the players have the ability to retain our Premier League status, but on this showing we might as well pack up now. Lets hope we turn up against QPR. UTW!!
BIG TASTY
01/02/2012 12:41:00
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Big Tasty thats exactly what i was going to say - how many decent performance shas RJ actually had? 1, possibly 2? Berra was head and shoulders above him, quite literally and would be more than happy for Bassong to rake his spot... Definitely not stearman though/ However, the muppet wouldnt dare dream of replacing his record signiing and signal that he's made a mistake... Also, I want to know why Doyle wasnt given a go last night, Hunt and Milijas have been even worse, yet they get given run outs... and what the hell has happenned to Hammil ? I havent seen a bad peformance from the guy yet he disappears from the radar... One idiotic decision after another by the muppet...
AdMant
01/02/2012 13:01:00
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The way RJ berated Henno for the second goal last night was a joke. Had he actually stopped backing off and put a decent challenge in Henno wouldn't have needed to try and stop it. I too think Berra is the better of the two. For me RJ wold get the chop but it ain't gonna happen is it!!!!!
Rustmonkey
01/02/2012 15:32:00
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MM admits he should not have gone 4-4-2 in this one. And Doyle not leaving. It means: prepare for a return to 4-5-1, with Doyle in reserve should Fletch get injured or suspended.. at least for games like this where the difference in class tells. Chelsea was the same. I had remarked those wins against MU, MC, Chelsea and Liverpool last season were gained with a good slice of good fortune. I am all the more convinced of that now.
lovesW
01/02/2012 17:23:00
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