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McCarthy pleased with point after Staffordshire derby

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was pleased with a point after a goalless draw with local rivals Stoke. There was nothing to choose between the two Staffordshire rivals following a competitive clash at Molineux, leaving Wolves six points clear of the bottom three.

"It has been as hard a game as we have had all season, but I wouldn't expect anything else," he told Sky Sports.

"It was well earned and I am delighted with the point.

"If each part of the team continues to improve over the season then that is reflected in the team's performances."

McCarthy maintains that his sole priority remains Premier League survival, and he feels confident that Wolves will be fine if they can replicate their performance against Stoke.

"It doesn't matter to me whether we are better than four or five others, or just not as bad as three others," he said.

"I am not bothered, goal difference, points, but if we play like that we are going to finish higher up the league."

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