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Wolves must buy Premiership experience - McCarthy

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy admits he needs to buy Premiership experience in January.

Wolves risk being cast adrift in the survival battle this season and McCarthy sees a difference between themselves and yesterday's conquerors Birmingham.

"They've got Premiership experience and we tried to get Premiership experience and weren't able to, for whatever reason," McCarthy told the Sunday Mercury.

"We've about 500 Premier League appearances in our team. I'll bet Lee Bowyer and Stephen Carr have got that between them. That makes a difference.

"We are looking at players, just like everybody else," added McCarthy who also noted Stoke's success in bringing in Matthew Etherington and James Beattie to the Potteries last January.

"The players Stoke signed last January had a huge impact and it can work like that," he said.

"We are looking at January as an opportunity.

"Are those experienced players available in January? I don't know but we will look. We couldn't get them for whatever reason and it certainly is an ingredient that we could do with a bit more of.

"We have Jody Craddock and Marcus Hahnemann around the place. Kevin Doyle has had two seasons in the Premiership, but other than that...add ours up we have 480 Premier League appearances among the whole lot of them.

"It's a rough figure because some of those are Jody's games for Sunderland.

"But it wouldn't take a lot to add up to know that we have played only 13 games in the Premiership. Times that by 11, that's 141, plus subs... we are at 160 appearances.

"So effectively of 465 Premiership appearances, 160 are this season and 280 are just three players. So we could do with some more."

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