McCarthy demands Wolves improvement

25 September 2010 08:28
Mick McCarthy has said he is not worried about the positive effect a new manager may have on Aston Villa ahead of Sunday's Midlands derby.[LNB] The match will be Gerard Houllier's first Premier League game in charge, but McCarthy thinks that will not effect the task ahead of his team.[LNB]He said: "They are coming to our place on Sunday and we're no fools. I've got a good side here.[LNB]"They might all be flying, they might all not be quite sure what's expected of them.[LNB]"I don't know, but I'll be able to tell after about five minutes."[LNB]Villa finished sixth during each of their last three seasons, but the Wolves boss added he does not care whether Houllier's team can finally break into the Champions League places.[LNB]"I don't give tuppence whether they finish in the top four," he said.[LNB]"Gerard's a very good manager, that's been proven. He's a good guy as well.[LNB]"It's been difficult for them, with Martin (O'Neill) leaving.[LNB]"They've got good players, let's not overlook that. Martin's left a fantastic squad of players.[LNB]"Heskey, Carew, Young, Petrov, Downing. They're not struggling, are they? They won't get any sympathy from me.[LNB]"There's plenty of talent there."[LNB]McCarthy has targeted his team's home form as an area for improvement this season.[LNB]Despite finishing 15th last term, Wolves' home record was the second worst in the Premier League. In contrast, their away form was the 11th best in the division.[LNB]McCarthy said: "Our home supporters and season ticket holders that come and pay good money want to watch us win at home."[LNB]Villa will be without key central defender Richard Dunne, who is still out with a knee injury.[LNB]McCarthy is well aware of Dunne's ability, having managed him at international level, but refuses to see the injury as a bonus for his side.[LNB]"I don't ever see it as a boost when other players are missing," he said.[LNB]"If they are, and if it helps us then great.[LNB]"They've still got (James) Collins and (Carlos) Cuellar."

Source: Team_Talk