Bothroyd earns Mick's praise
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A change in attitude was a crucial factor in Jay Bothroyd's brace against Hull.
A change in attitude was a crucial factor in Jay Bothroyd's brace against Hull on Monday, at least according to Wolves manager Mick McCarthy.
The talented but at times temperamental striker has fallen foul of his taskmaster on occasion this season but was handed his head on Monday at Molineux, and his manager's faith was vindicated by a fine pair of goals.
Bothroyd's efforts, which came either side of Seyi Olofinjana's header, took his season's tally to seven and McCarthy has called for more between now and the campaign's close.
"I do not want players knocking on my door and telling me they should play because other people are not doing well and having a tough time - players should not feed off other people's scraps," said McCarthy.
"Instead, I want people knocking on my door and asking to play because they are doing so well themselves and want to make the position their own.
"Jay thought he should be playing, has been doing well in training and is looking as fit as he has ever done.
"He has come in today and scored two proper centre-forward's goals in the penalty box where, I have always said, he is as dangerous as anyone, rather than out on the left wing or on the right wing or trying to set things up from somewhere else.
"Jay has done really well and is trying to make that position his own after I started him today because I just felt, after hitting the dizzy heights, Stephen Ward had plateaued."
Defeat left Hull very much still involved in the battle to beat the drop and after what has been a disappointing Easter period, City boss Phil Brown is well aware he now needs to raise his players.
"It's been a very disappointing Easter because we have not earned any points," conceded Brown.
"We have simply not been defending well enough and I am not just blaming the back four but the whole team as a unit.
"We conceded two sloppy goals to Wolves in the first half and I made changes at half-time because we needed to get back into the game.
"The third goal was always going to be crucial but Wolves got it very early on in the second half and that gave us a mountain to climb.
"Now we go back to the training ground where we will work on defending properly and defensive set-pieces. Hopefully that will stop the goals going in."