McCarthy happy to pick his second XI
Tuesday 21 September 2010
Mick McMarthy has defended the make up of the Wolverhampton Wanderers side he has chosen for tonight's home Carling Cup match with Notts County.
McCarthy has made nine changes from the starting XI beaten 3-1 by Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday, with only defender Richard Stearman and midfielder Kevin Foley keeping their places. Last season Wolves were given a suspended fine of £25,000 for making 10 changes for a league game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
"It's not an under-strength team," McCarthy said yesterday. "It's a team containing Premier League players who have cost a few quid. We need to get back to winning ways and I'd love a cup run."
Defender Steven Mouyokolo will make his debut after an injury-hit start to his Wolves career. He made a £2.5m switch from Hull in the summer but suffered ankle then hamstring injuries. Mouyokolo will play alongside Christophe Berra, who is available after serving a ban. Marcus Bent will have a chance to impress up front in place of the rested Kevin Doyle.
Alex McLeish has challenged Birmingham's fringe players to perform in tonight's home match with MK Dons. New signings Nikola Zigic, Matt Derbyshire, Jean Beausejour and Martin Jiranek are all set to start while Keith Fahey, Michel and Alexander Hleb will also be included.
Elsewhere Everton travel to Brentford looking to get their season up and running, Burnley host Bolton, Millwall play Roy Keane's high-flying Ipswich, Swansea go to Peterborough and Portsmouth host Leicester City.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger 'optimistic' of making signing, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Edinson Cavani linked
Manchester United have two days to seal the transfer of the summer, Arsenal need to panic, Jose Mourinho right to blast Chelsea reluctance
Celtic supporters mock Fenerbahce fans' threatening 'knife' pictures with their own versions - featuring spoons and bananas
Swansea 2 Manchester United 1 player ratings: Was Andre Ayew the Swans' star man or did Bafetimbi Gomis steal the show?
Anthony Martial to Manchester United: United 'open talks' with £36m Monaco striker as Javier Hernandez joins Bayer Leverkusen
- 1 VMAs 2015: Was Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus' awkward acceptance put-down real or staged?
- 2 If you're not already angry about the migrant crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 3 Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
- 4 Chaos breaks out in courtroom as father attacks killer of three-year-old daughter
- 5 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms