McCarthy: Pressure is mounting
By Carla Hilton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy promises more anxious moments in the race for the play-offs.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is certain of more anxious moments as his side moved to within three points of the Championship play-offs with a marginal 2-1 win over Burnley.
Goals from Michael Kightly and Stephen Ward gave the home side a two goal cushion at half-time, but fans were left on the edge of their seats as Chris McCann pulled one back for the visitors early in the second half.
Wolves managed to hold off a barrage of attacks, including a shot off the bar from Steve Caldwell with minutes to spare, to secure only their second win in nine home games this season.
"The players have been excellent and given the club, ourselves and me an opportunity to have a chance of being promoted which was never expected at the start of the season," said McCarthy.
"Now it is, the pressure mounts, there's tension and expectation.
"But we won the game in the first half. It was two moments of inspiration and 90 minutes of perspiration.
"We had to graft and dig in and we'll have to do it again and again and again."
McCarthy described Ward's effort as a "proper goalscorer's goal" and was also full of praise for Kightly, who was withdrawn with a minor hip problem after scoring his fourth goal for the club since arriving from Conference outfit Grays in January.
"He's been great. If you look where he came from and what he's achieved so far, he's played a lot of football at an intensity he's not been used to."
Burnley boss Steve Cotterill admitted to being disappointed his side couldn't clinch a point at the Molineux but says his side had started the game poorly.
"They were two soft goals and we did enough in the second half to get a draw," said Cotterill, who's side have failed to win in their last 13 games.
"We can't bemoan (hitting the bar) because if we'd defended better in the first half, we would have won the game 1-0.
"It's been the story of our season a little bit that we've leaked too many goals.
"It doesn't matter how hard you work on it, you have to make sure they don't get paranoid about it, and any mistake at the moment is costly.
"We didn't do enough in the first half and it's about 90 minutes.
"Over the last weeks we've been looking to get back to the top half of the table.
"We've been in the top six for most of the season so it's disappointing to be in the bottom half of the table so our aim is to get in the top half."