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Poor defending irks McCarthy

04 Oct 2009 - 13:26:26

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."


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