McCarthy proud of battling Wolves

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Manager Mick McCarthy hailed Wolves' Barclay Premier League survival as a "fantastic achievement for all concerned".

Wolves made sure of a second campaign in the top flight after Burnley were beaten 4-0 at home by Liverpool yesterday.

McCarthy spent the afternoon occupied via a bike ride rather than following the progress of the Clarets and only found out the result when he returned home.

The former Republic Of Ireland boss said: "It's a fantastic achievement for all concerned, from the backroom staff through to the players and everyone connected with the club.

"It's been bloody hard work but I'm really thrilled for everyone involved and extremely proud of the players. Everyone has played their part and I'm delighted for the whole club.

"It's nice to do it with two games to spare. I certainly wouldn't have wanted it to go down to the last one, that's for sure.

"As I've said all along, the team just got better through the season and that helped us produce the recent run of results."

McCarthy added: "Did I follow the Burnley game? No, I went out on the bike so I didn't follow any of it.

"I got back home, had a shower and, when I came down the stairs, my wife Fiona said it was 2-0 to Liverpool so it was 'happy days'!

"It's just nice to let it all sink in and know we're going to be back in the Premier League next season. But we've also still got two games to go and will want to finish as high as we can."

Central defender Jody Craddock echoed McCarthy's sentiments and said: "Everyone at the club has worked so hard and we've managed to achieve what we set out to do at the start of the season.

"I kept up to date with the Burnley-Liverpool game via updates on my phone and it was just nice to hear the result.

"It would have been nice if Burnley had played Saturday so we would have known for sure at the end of our game. But survival is survival and I'll take it however it happens!"

Craddock has earned a reputation as an artist wich ensured he did not take part in any wild celebrations.

He said: "I'm not sure what will happen regarding any celebrations but a lot of the lads were in London on last night for the PFA awards.

"For me it's going to be a case of letting it all sink in for now.

"It was another quiet night in for me and to be honest I've got a painting I'm doing for one of the players and needed to keep working on it!"