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Poor defending irks McCarthy

04 October 2009 01:26
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy blamed poor defensive play for his side's 1-0 home defeat to rock-bottom Portsmouth. Pompey had lost their first seven Premier League encounters of the campaign but finally got off the mark thanks to Hassan Yebda's first-half header. Wolves had chances to equalise after the break but Paul Hart's side rode their luck to claim a vital three points. A dejected McCarthy admitted after the game: "It's a disappointing day. I didn't think there was a great deal in it until their goal went in and of course that has a huge bearing on it and they had the better of the first half. "I don't want to talk too much about whether we should have had a penalty because it sounds like I'm bemoaning my luck and I'm beleaguered and all that. "If we defend a corner properly and the second ball that comes in then it isn't so much of a big deal and if it's 0-0 then maybe I'd discuss the decisions that didn't go our way. "If it's a penalty then he should give it and I've seen it and it looks like a penalty but there's no point me speculating on it. "We're coming off with a defeat because we didn't defend properly. We weren't outplayed, we just didn't do the basics properly. "We played well in the second half and had a number of opportunities we should have done better with. They've done the basics and stopped us scoring but we didn't manage that with them."

Source: ESA