McCarthy pleased with first win
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mick McCarthy was happy to secure his first win as Wolves boss.
Mick McCarthy was happy to secure his first win as Wolves boss, despite seeing Carl Cort sent off in the 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town.
Cort was dismissed for catching the visitors' Gavin Williams in the first half after Jay Bothroyd had fired Wolves in front.
McCarthy took his striker's dismissal in his stride and was pleased to pick up three points from his first game at Molineux.
"I don't know if there was a lot in it, but if he raised his hands it gives the referee the opportunity for the sending-off," said McCarthy.
"If you raise your hand, that's the rule.
"It's doing us a disservice to say it was battling performance. It turned out to be that, but I thought in the first half we played some terrific stuff and we were considerably the better side.
"But it was a battling performance in the second half."
The Wolves chief was also delighted with the display of Bothroyd, who scored his first goal since joining the club on a free transfer.
"He caused all sorts of problems for their centre backs," added McCarthy. "I don't think he's a lad that lacks confidence - that's something I like about him.
"He's always had a twinkle in his eye and has probably sailed close to the wind once or twice, but I don't mind that if you put it in on the pitch."
Ipswich boss Jim Magilton saw his side slump to a second defeat in a row, but was left to rue misfortune after Matt Richards' penalty was saved by Matt Murray, and Dean Bowditch had a goal ruled out for offside.
Magilton said: "It deflected off their defender, hit the inside of the post, Deano was alive and put it in, but I've no idea why (it was ruled out).
"We just didn't do enough. We gave them simple instructions at half time, to keep the ball moving and we didn't carry it out.
"It's not rocket science. We had a penalty, which was a lifeline, and the goalkeeper made a great save.
"At half time we felt if we could keep the ball moving we had a chance of winning the game. We had too many people decide they were going to win the game on their own and as a collective unit we were poor."