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McCarthy backs Hodgson

Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor celebrate at the full-time whistle
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Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has backed Roy Hodgson's decision to rest key players against Hull.

Wolves boss defends Fulham tactics

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has backed Fulham manager Roy Hodgson's decision to rest his key players against Hull. Hodgson has come under fire for fielding a weakened team in Fulham's 2-0 defeat to Hull at the KC Stadium last weekend. He could face a similar fate to McCarthy who was penalised by the Football Association after resting 10 of his first-team players in the defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier in the season. Fellow strugglers West Ham are set to make a formal complaint against Hodgson who left out a number of first-team members in preparation for his side's upcoming Europa League quarter-final tie with Wolfsburg. McCarthy, though, has gone against the Hammers, saying he has no problem whatsoever with Hodgson's decision.

No problem

"I haven't got a problem with it. I am not bothered what team they played," said McCarthy. "It is just something that the high and mighty, who tend to look at their own teams, don't like when it is happening," The majority of McCarthy's so-called 'second string' beat West Ham at Upton Park last month and the Wolves boss believes that result proves that making changes to your squad does not mean you are sacrificing a game. "It is about making the most of your squad and utilising your squad to the best of their abilities," he said. "That is what I did and that is what Roy did. "Fulham are still in Europe, so good luck to them. They are probably safe with the points they have got and don't forget we have still got them to play this season. "But good luck to Roy and if it means he wins that Europa League then I will be thrilled for him. He has had a great season. "If they have still got anything to play for when they play us and want to play a weakened team against me I will be delighted."

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