McCarthy rues poor defending
Mick McCarthy was angry with Wolves' inability to defend after they conceded an early goal.
Last Updated: 14/11/10 5:30pm
Mick McCarthy was angry with Wolves' inability to defend after they went behind against Bolton in the first minute of a game they eventually lost 3-2.
It is the third consecutive match that Wolves have lost but they will surely take heart from yet another display that was brimming with spirit.
Richard Stearman scored an own goal within a minute of the game before clever footwork from Johan Elmander created his superb second after the interval.
"We conceded silly goals," McCarthy told Sky Sports.
"It was a great goal for Elmander of course but poor defending by us and we were all over the show for a couple of minutes and then got done again.
"But we conceded after what - fifty seconds? It's an uphill battle after that isn't it?
"I said to the players, I'm proud of the fact that myself and the trainers have got every last drop out of them. They do work hard, there is never any doubt of their competitive nature.
"They have to do better whether that means not conceding three goals or taking the chances that we created - we did create lots of chances!"
Stuart Holden made it 3-0 to Bolton before Wolves rallied as Kevin Foley netted with a fine strike.
Substitute Steven Fletcher then gave the home side renewed hope with a diving header at the far post from Matt Jarvis' corner.
The most unlikely of comebacks was almost sealed when Jarvis put in another cross, but Steven Mouyokolo could only glance it wide, a chance McCarthy feels he should have done better with.
"I think it's got to be a goal," he added.
"We had chances to get a goal against Manchester United last week and we lose it, and we had a chance to get a point today and we didn't.
"Bolton are a good side. We know that they are not Manchester United, Manchester City or Arsenal but they are a team that has been together for a long time. They have good experience."