Mick makes case for the defence

21 April 2010 03:34
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has no intention of adopting a gung-ho attitude as he sees not getting beat as the key to Premier League survival.[LNB] McCarthy has seen his side edge clear of the bottom three with the emphasis being on a solid defence which has kept three clean sheets in the last four games.[LNB]At the other end of the pitch Wolves are without a goal in six and a half hours and have managed only one in their last eight home matches.[LNB]But McCarthy will only be concerned about that statistic if Wolves go down.[LNB]He said: "It matters because everyone wants to see goals. It matters because we want to win games.[LNB]"But it doesn't matter if we finish on more points than at least three other teams and have scored less goals.[LNB]"I don't know what people want me to say about it. I can't answer it any more than saying 'Don't get beat.'[LNB]"I want to win but if it ends up being 0-0 against Blackburn, as it was on Saturday at Fulham, that's fine because I don't want to lose.[LNB]"I'll be telling the lads, for a start just don't get beat. Then you have half a chance of winning and you've got a chance of taking something.[LNB]"I still maintain the view that if we don't concede we have a damn sight more chance of winning games than if we are 2-0 down and looking to get back into a match."[LNB]McCarthy added: "It's not a surprise we have to base our game on trying to keep clean sheets because, if we don't give anything away, then we've always got a chance.[LNB]"We all love to play expansive football, but you can't always do it. Birmingham have played in that same solid way. Their success has been built on clean sheets.[LNB]"That's vital because, if you give goals away, then it's very difficult to get back into it."[LNB]McCarthy is expecting Wolves will have to pull out all the stops to pick up further points despite Blackburn and Sunderland being safe in mid-table and Portsmouth having already been relegated and in the FA Cup final.[LNB]He said: "It's dangerous to be playing the teams we've got ahead. They could come and take their foot off the gas but I don't see that happening.[LNB]"Do you think Sam Allardyce, Steve Bruce and Avram Grant are going to say 'Let's just go and have a game lads?' There is no chance of that happening."

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