Mick - Keeper call was tough
Mick McCarthy admits it was a tough decision leaving out Marcus Hahnemann in favour of Wayne Hennessey.
Last Updated: 29/11/10 3:22pm
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy admits it was a tough decision leaving out Marcus Hahnemann in favour of Wayne Hennessey at the weekend.
Wales No.1 Hennessey failed to secure Wolves their first clean sheet of the season, but helped them clinch a 3-2 win at home to Sunderland to snatch a much-needed three-point haul.
The Midlands side have endured a disappointing season so far, with nine defeats in 15 games leaving them second bottom of the Premier League.
USA international Hahnemann took the gloves as McCarthy's first-choice keeper a year ago, and the manager concedes it was a difficult decision handing them back to Hennessey, but feels the 23-year-old deserved another chance.
"It's a tough decision to leave anyone out because no one ever plays below their general standard on purpose," McCarthy told Wolves' official website.
"Marcus has been brilliant and was a terrific influence for us last year. I just thought it was time to give Wayne a chance.
"I was hoping for a clean sheet and we didn't get it but he made some good saves. He's got to be given another chance."
He added: "He was our No.1 - the best - but he had a tough time and Marcus came in.
"We haven't had a clean sheet and we haven't won games so I decided to change it.
"I think my decision was justified because Wayne played very well. He is a different character to what he was 12 months ago.
"And there was no problem with Marcus after my decision - he was terrific and he's supported Wayne."
McCarthy was full of praise for stand-in captain Kevin Foley, who opened the scoring for Wolves against the Black Cats.
The manager added: "He's probably been our most consistent player and he captained the team, scored a fabulous goal and produced an all-round great performance."
After a run of disappointing results, McCarthy hopes Saturday's victory is a sign of more good things to come.
He said: "Of course the players have taken so much from the game because when you're playing well and getting beat, it doesn't wash well with anyone - me, the players or the fans.
"We have to win games and now we've won one."