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McCarthy feels vindicated at Wolves progress

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was always confident his players were capable of steering clear of trouble, even when others did not. The Midlands club stand on the verge of preserving their Premier League status, sitting six points above the drop zone with four games remaining.

McCarthy said: "It's amazing how many happy faces there are around because we are six points clear of the bottom three at this moment.

"But when we were in the bottom three did you detect any anxiety from me? I don't think so. I tried to stay calm and said 'let's see how many points we end up with'.

"When we lost to Birmingham at home, I was still full of belief and convinced we'd get the points to stay up.

"I didn't like certain comments I heard about us that were floating around, that we just work hard and run about, as if that is what you get from teams who are promoted.

"I would like to think that what people think of us is slightly different in that we do pass the ball around and do more than compete.

"If you allow outside influences to affect your thinking, then you will suffer but within these walls there was a calm and self confidence that we can stay in this league - although we have still got work to do."

McCarthy feels his side have been learning as they go and are now better equipped for the rigours of Premier League football.

He said: "The players have become more streetwise in terms of knowing what is needed to win at Premier League level. If they are not going to get wiser, then you are going to have a problem.

"Remember, we had something like only 200 Premier League appearances in total between the squad from the likes of Kevin Doyle, Marcus Hahnemann and David Jones.

"They have all gradually improved and got better."

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