Wolves trio make rallying call
Wolves trio Jody Craddock, Matt Jarvis and Matt Murray are targeting victories over West Brom and Blackpool.
Last Updated: 16/02/11 6:57pm
Wolves skipper Jody Craddock, winger Matt Jarvis and retired goalkeeper Matt Murray are targeting victories over West Brom and Blackpool.
The rock-bottom Molineux outfit face a crucial week in their battle for survival, taking on 17th-placed West Brom in the Black Country derby on Sunday before clashing with the 16th-placed Blackpool the Saturday afterwards.
While McCarthy's side have picked up headline-grabbing wins against four of the league's top six, they have collected just one point from a possible 15 against the four teams directly above them and Craddock wants this statistic to end.
He said: "It's so tight down there that we need to beat the teams around us to get above them. It's as simple as that.
"It's frustrating that we've gone on to beat Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United but are still bottom of the table.
"We've just got to look at those games and take all of the positives into every game we've got left."
Jarvis is also under no illusions about the importance of the next two fixtures.
He said: "We need a result, and the next two games are against teams that are in and around us.
"We're going to have to be very strong and mentally tough."
Both men were speaking at the launch of former Wolves keeper Murray's testimonial year, from which proceeds will be donated to four charities.
Murray, who retired last year aged 29 after being plagued by injuries, was also keen to emphasise just how big the next two games are.
He said: "These are two games that will be very, very important for our survival.
"If we can get maximum points then we'll definitely drag them back into it and keep them in the relegation battle.
"Wigan have done the double over us, West Ham beat us and drew with us.
"With the Black Country derby as well, there's extra spice, so if we can win these next two, or certainly not lose, then that will be a massive help for our survival."