Wolves are lifted by dressing down
Sunday 12 February 2012
The publicity and less-than- impressed reaction of Mick McCarthy might suggest it was counter-productive, but owner Steve Morgan's angry visit to the Wolves dressing room following the insipid defeat by Liverpool two weeks ago may yet prove to have been a turning point in the club's season.
Asked just how heated Morgan had been, and whether it might have played a part in last Saturday's potentially vital win at Queens Park Rangers, Wolves' winger Matt Jarvis grimaces.
"It's really not for me to be saying. The gaffer and the chairman have spoken and everything is fine and we went and had a good result. Whether it had an impact I don't know, because we go into every game the same, the gaffer does his team talks and before QPR there was nothing mentioned about that."
After the win at Loftus Road, the manager McCarthy said somewhat pointedly that Morgan had not been seen. In the event of Wolves beating their Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion today, Jarvis maintains Morgan would be made very welcome. "If we get the three points everyone is welcome! We've actually been playing well in the last few games – apart from the second half against Liverpool – so coming off last week spirits are good," he said.
"We have been in this position before and we can use our experience in getting out of it. Last season and the season before made us a stronger team and we have had added strength in depth to the squad."
In fact it was the return to form of Kevin Doyle, brought on in a half-time reshuffle to raid down the right, which turned the game around at QPR. With Jarvison the other wing showing something of the form which saw Fabio Capello pick him for England, Wolves looked a different and more dangerous team, and McCarthy may adopta similarly attacking mindset against the Baggies.
Jarvis hopes so. "I think we showed at the start of the season how well we can play. We suffered a little after that but when you look at your home games, you want to take the three points, especially against a team in a similar position."
That it is also an opportunity to impress one of the men touted as a candidate to replace Capello, Albion's manager Roy Hodgson, is an irrelevance, Jarvis insists.
"Honestly, all you're thinking about is doing well for your club. I think I've played well this season, I've been enjoying my football and getting assists. I got my second goal of the season on Saturday, and I hope I can chip in with a few more."
Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion is on Sky Sports today, kick-off 1.30pm
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