Wolves duo land debuts
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will award two teenagers their first-team debuts against Southend.
Last Updated: 23/08/10 5:30pm
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will award two teenagers their first-team debuts against Southend in Carling Cup action on Tuesday.
Striker Sam Winnall and defender Danny Batth, both 19, will start in the second round tie at Molineux following Wolves' encouraging 1-1 Premier League draw against Everton at the weekend.
McCarthy will ring the changes for the clash with Saturday's Premier League encounter against Newcastle in his mind.
"Danny went to Colchester and had a successful spell with them," said McCarthy.
"He played against Walsall in a pre-season friendly and was different class.
"Sam's had an excellent pre-season. He missed most of last year after a cruciate ligament operation. He's got himself back and is looking in really good shape.
"He's been banging goals in in training and I'm really pleased with him.
"It's their potential and form that's got them into the game. There could have been a few others, but the reality is it should be a solid base of first-team players and a couple of lads who've been showing good form.
"I guess I'm hoping for a bit of inspiration from them but if they do struggle I've got nine others who are Premier League players."
And the Wolves boss is confident Batth can hold his own against more experienced opponents.
"He's a big, powerful young man who physically can cope with any league. He's been training with us and he's enjoyed the fact he's been training against (Steven) Fletcher, (Kevin) Doyle and (Andy) Keogh," said McCarthy.
"He's had to compete against them, so he's had a good grounding."
McCarthy said the rest of his team will consist of "lads who haven't been playing every week, but are Premier League footballers".