McCarthy remains unperturbed over Wolves' goal drought

Mick McCarthy, the Wolves manager, insists he will not adopt a gung-ho approach to try and improve side's chronic lack of goalpower and is only concerned about ensuring Premier League survival.

McCarthy has seen his side edge clear of the bottom three with the emphasis being on a solid defence which has kept three clean sheets in the last four games. At the other end of the pitch, Wolves are without a goal in six and a half hours and have managed only one in their last eight home matches. But McCarthy will only be concerned about that statistic if Wolves go down.

He said: "It matters because everyone wants to see goals. It matters because we want to win games. But it doesn't matter if we finish on more points than at least three other teams and have scored less goals.

"I don't know what people want me to say about it. I can't answer it any more than saying 'Don't get beat.'

"I want to win but if it ends up being 0-0 against Blackburn [on Saturday], as it was on Saturday at Fulham, that's fine because I don't want to lose," he added.

"I'll be telling the lads, for a start just don't get beat. Then you have half a chance of winning and you've got a chance of taking something. I still maintain the view that if we don't concede we have a damn sight more chance of winning games than if we are 2-0 down and looking to get back into a match."

McCarthy said: "It's not a surprise we have to base our game on trying to keep clean sheets because, if we don't give anything away, then we've always got a chance.

"We all love to play expansive football, but you can't always do it. Birmingham have played in that same solid way. Their success has been built on clean sheets. That's vital because, if you give goals away, then it's very difficult to get back into it."

McCarthy is expecting Wolves will have to pull out all the stops to pick up further points despite Blackburn and Sunderland being safe in mid-table and Portsmouth having already been relegated and in the FA Cup final.

He said: "It's dangerous to be playing the teams we've got ahead. They could come and take their foot off the gas but I don't see that happening.

"Do you think Sam Allardyce, Steve Bruce and Avram Grant are going to say 'Let's just go and have a game lads?' There is no chance of that happening."

Meanwhile, the Birmingham manager, Alex McLeish, has challenged his players to prove they are not one-season wonders. McLeish has performed a minor miracle after spending only £10m on new signings last summer but steering Blues into the top half of the Premier League.

But the former Scotland manager is aware of examples of sides impressing during their first season in the top flight and then struggling the second time around to survive. Reading and now Hull are prime examples of that happening in recent seasons.

McLeish said: "The progress we have made this season has exceeded my expectations but can we do it again next season? That's the challenge for us.

"People talk about 'second season syndrome' and there have been clubs who have suffered from that before. But I believe I have got the character in the dressing room to maintain the Premier League status we have achieved this season so well. We want to become established in the Premier League."

McLeish will look to add quality players during the summer with the backing of new owner Carson Yeung. But he is also aware of the dangers of upsetting the dressing room by bringing in players on big salaries. He said: "We don't want to be paying huge, huge wages that upset the dressing room and means I will get everyone chapping [banging] on my door.

"But at some stage we are going to have to put a hike on the wages if we are going to bring in more quality to the club and try and improve our standing as it is at the moment. It is important not to stand still but it's also important that if it isn't broke, don't fix it."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
Rugby World Cup 2015: The tournament's forgotten XV

Forgotten XV of the rugby World Cup

Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'