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McCarthy turns focus on derby
03 Feb 2010 - 08:39:56
Mick McCarthy has demanded an instant improvement in Sunday's derby after seeing his Wolves side slip meekly out of the FA Cup at the hands of lower division opposition.
Tuesday's 3-1 fourth-round replay defeat at Championship side Crystal Palace left a seething McCarthy contemplating changes for Sunday's Premier League trip to local rivals Birmingham City.
"Birmingham isn't going to be the easiest place to go and put it out of our system but I don't expect us to play like this again," he told the club's official website.
"We're back now to the Premier League and, while it's a difficult place to go and play, it should inspire us.
"We'll have a few back now as well with Kevin Doyle, Matt Jarvies and Stephen Ward, so fresh bodies will help."
Speaking about the performance at Selhurst Park, he added: "I'm not going to sit here and condemn my team, I've just done that to them personally in the dressing room.
"I've had my pound of flesh in there and I'm going to have another one when we get back into training on Thursday.
"We'll sort it out between us. I will have my discussions behind closed doors with the lads."