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Wolves boss backs West Ham counterpart over team selection

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is relaxed over West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola leaving out key players against Arsenal. West Ham host McCarthy's Wolves side on Tuesday night and warmed up for the relegation clash with a 2-0 defeat at title-chasing Arsenal.

McCarthy fielded a weakened team at Manchester United earlier this season - a decision which saw Wolves hit with a suspended £25,000 fine - and he has no complaints with Zola's approach.

"It didn't bother me at all," said McCarthy on Sky Sports News. "He'd got lads on the bench and probably rested them.

"He looked at Arsenal and thought 'that's a tough one, our best chance of getting points is against Wolves'. It didn't bother me one iota.

"I had to take a bit of heat, I took the heat off Tiger (Woods), John (Terry) took the heat off me and then it will be somebody else.

"It doesn't matter to me. I watched the team play against Arsenal and they had a good side out.

"He (Zola) would be mad if he thought he couldn't maximise his opportunity of beating us, he'd be off his rocker."

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