Wolves boss Mick McCarthy rages at 'lucky to be on the pitch' Villa defender Stephen Warnock

27 September 2010 11:00
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy insists Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock should have been sent off before he set up his side's late winner in the derby clash at Molineux.

Warnock had already been booked in the first half when he brought down Wolves striker Kevin Doyle to halt a threatening counter-attack.

But the England player escaped with a warning from referee Mark Halsey and rubbed salt into Wolves wounds by crossing for Emile Heskey to head the winner in a 2-1 success.

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It doomed Wolves to a third successive league defeat, while making it two wins out of two for new Villa boss Gerard Houllier.

McCarthy said: 'It was a great header by Heskey and we shouldn't take that away from him.

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'We could have done better when the ball came in - but I don't think Warnock should have been on the pitch.

'If it is a foul, it is a booking. Doyle has got Fletcher on the outside of him and it is a real attacking opportunity.

'It just rankles a bit. Had he (Warnock) not been booked already, I think he would have been.

'But I haven't spoken to the referee about it and have no intention to do so. I've welcomed him (Mark Halsey) back, and it's good to see him back in the game, but I won't be talking to him about it.'

McCarthy was also unhappy with the challenge by Villa substitute Steve Sidwell on Adlene Guedioura which resulted in the Wolves midfielder being carried off on a stretcher with a shin injury.

The former Republic Of Ireland boss said: 'We don't know how Adlene is yet. He went to hospital for an X-ray - but it doesn't look good.

'He tried to put his weight on it and let's hope it is bruised and nothing else. It was a poor tackle. It wasn't a nice tackle.'

Stewart Downing had given Villa a half-time lead but Wolves looked to have salvaged a point through Matt Jarvis before Heskey struck.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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