Clarke earns the plaudits
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mick McCarthy hailed Leon Clarke, while Steve Tilson praised his side's character.
Mick McCarthy believes Leon Clarke is starting to get the Wolves supporters on side.
The 21-year-old striker has previously endured a strained relationship with the Molineux faithful, but has scored four goals in three appearances.
He grabbed a brace in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Southend United and McCarthy is also happy Clarke has responded to his own criticism.
"If that is Leon saying 'stuff you gaffer' then long may it continue," said McCarthy.
"I am not trying to be an amateur psychologist and what I said last week was fair criticism because Leon has got the ability, but now he has to find the consistency.
"He has had a love-hate relationship with the supporters, but it was lovely to see them applauding him when he was substituted.
"It is not always easy to turn supporters around, but can he be the new local hero? That is up to him."
Southend boss Steve Tilson felt his side passed a test of character at Molineux and could not fathom how his team trailed 3-0 at the break.
Tilson said: "It was a strange first half and I cannot believe we went in 3-0 down at half time.
"Wolves could not get out of their half for the first 10 or 12 minutes when we were playing some decent stuff and creating some good chances, but we also hit the woodwork twice and it was not to be.
"We showed a lot of pride in the second half when a lot of teams would have rolled over and ended up being beaten 5-0 or 6-0.
"We passed a test of character and almost got ourselves back in the game and that was a big positive."