McCarthy wants Jay to craft
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy urged Jay Bothroyd to keep working hard.
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy urged Jay Bothroyd to keep working hard in a bid to maximise his potential.
Bothroyd was the matchwinner on Saturday as Wolves earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Colchester United at Molineux.
The former Arsenal, Coventry and Blackburn striker has begun his Wolves career in fine fashion - having netted four times in six Championship starts, but McCarthy expects more to come.
"Jay has had his fitness problems already this season but there is no doubt he is a talented goalscorer," said McCarthy.
"I chew his ear from time to time about his workrate because football is not always about craft - sometimes it is about graft.
"We are not the sort of side who can have someone cruising, we all have to give 100 percent.
"But at some stage you are looking for a little bit of craft or something special to win a game and Jay is certainly a talent.
"That win takes us to fifth but I'm not bothered about the league position, although it is nice for the players because they are on bonuses if they stay inside the top six.
"Dropping out of the top six is not seen to be acceptable for this club which, given the circumstances this season, is a bit harsh."
Defeat ended the visitors' six-match unbeaten run, but Colchester boss Geraint Williams refused to dwell on the setback.
"We were not crowing when we were on a good run and we are not crying now," said Williams.
"We have players who were on the bench today and others who travelled but who did not get changed and they are pushing those lads in the starting XI.
"Changes could be made but I'm not going to over-react because we lost one very close game.
"I thought a draw would have been a fair result because there were chances for Richard Garcia, Kemal Izzet and Jamie Cureton to have scored.
"I just wish we had been a bit colder and shown more quality in the final third but I am not finding fault with my players at all."