McCarthy backing for Iwelumo
Mick McCarthy has praised Chris Iwelumo after the striker's glaring miss on his Scotland debut.
Last Updated: 17/10/08 1:20pm
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has praised Chris Iwelumo following the striker's glaring miss on his Scotland debut.
Iwelumo was introduced as a substitute in the second half of last week's World Cup qualifier with Norway at Hampden Park.
He was presented with a golden opportunity to earn Scotland a priceless win, but turned his close-range attempt wide in front of an open goal.
The 30-year-old subsequently admitted he should have scored and his club boss believes Iwelumo should be admired for acknowledging his mistake.
"He played well and missed a chance," McCarthy told Sky Sports News. "I think he's sensible enough and pragmatic enough to know that.
"He should be admired for it, he said, 'I missed a chance, sorry lads, let's get on with it' and that's just what he's done.
"He's a great bloke and I'm really looking forward to having him back."
However, McCarthy admits Iwelumo's Wolves team-mates could not resist the chance to poke fun at the former Colchester United forward.
He added: "We've had no special words with him, they've been taking the mickey out of him and he did get his leg pulled on Monday morning, let me tell you.
"The lads didn't miss him at all. They gave him a bit of stick. Sometimes you are waiting for things to be said, but he didn't have to wait too long on Monday morning! They were straight into his ribs."