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McCarthy confident relegation battle will smash points record

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy believes the team that gets relegated in 18th place could do so with the highest ever points score since the division slimmed down to 20 teams in 1995/96. He said: "It's 10 in a bed at the moment, so it could happen," he said.

"It could be a silly one.

"Nobody knows what the last knockings of the season will bring."

West Ham were relegated in 2002/03 with 42 points, 12 more than Burnley, who finished in 18th place last season.

And with six points currently separating 19th and 10th positions, McCarthy believes that any number of sides could find themselves in a relegation battle as the season draws to a close.

"I'm not even convinced it's between the bottom three or four teams," he said.

"I think there's somebody above that might just slide into it.

"You lose a couple on the bounce then all of sudden you're in the bottom three and you wonder how it's happened.

"I think it's going to be more than ever.

"You start wondering if we can get the necessary points out of the remaining games, and I think we can.

"We had a great finish to last season."

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