McCarthy heaps praise on free-flowing Wolves

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Wolves manager Mick McCarthy felt his team proved a point about their playing style with yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Fulham at Molineux.

Cottagers striker Bobby Zamora suffered a broken leg following a challenge by Karl Henry when the two sides met in London last September.

Fulham captain Danny Murphy later caused a storm when he criticised the aggressive approach adopted by some top-flight clubs, with Wolves among those he made specific reference to.

McCarthy revealed earlier this week that Murphy apologised for his comments before the return fixture in April.

Nonetheless, the Yorkshireman was left irked by the reputation his side had gained from the episode, so was delighted to see them overcome their opponents with a flowing performance this afternoon.

“I don’t think we started in control of the game, but we grew into it and were comfortable - we got better and better,” McCarthy said.

“What is pleasing is that we gained this reputation last year for being a dirty team at Fulham by kicking them off the park, which is just so wrong. I really enjoyed watching my team play football against them today and beating them in the right way.

“It is nothing to do with (Fulham boss) Martin Jol or the players - it was just that incident last year really did us a dis-service.”

Kevin Doyle opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when he collected Matt Jarvis’ pass and smashed a shot past Mark Schwarzer.

Jarvis then doubled the hosts’ advantage in first-half stoppage time, pouncing after Roger Johnson’s header had come back off the woodwork.