Mick McCarthy described Wolves striker Chris Iwelumo’s performance as ‘awesome’ as his side eventually saw off Accrington Stanley to reach the second round of the Carling Cup.
The Wolves boss was not only delighted with his new signing’s two-goal contribution but was glowing with praise for the 30-year-old Scotland international.
“I thought Chris was awesome,” McCarthy said. “He had a great game, besides his goals. His all-round centre forward play was terrific. When you are a centre forward your job is to make sure the centre halves don’t have it easy, hold the ball up, run into channels, bring other players into play and to score goals. Chris did all that and came back to defend corner kicks.”
McCarthy was also pleased with the contribution of 20-year-old winger Mark Davies, who set up Iwelumo’s second goal and then scored the winner with a cool finish after coming on as a substitute in extra time.
The former youth team product has suffered two years of injury hell, having missed most of the 2006/07 season because of a cartilage problem and then was absent throughout the last campaign because of a shoulder injury.
“Mark took his goal well and I wouldn’t have expected him to miss because he is a very good player in those positions,” McCarthy said. “I am fortunate that I have a player like him on the bench. It would be good to have him back fully fit and ready to play because he has got ability.
“It wasn’t just Mark. I think the team that started the game could play at some stage of the season as a first team. If that is the case then I hope I don’t have to throw subs on to change things.”
Winger Matt Jarvis missed the 3-2 victory because of a groin injury he picked up at Plymouth.
Meanwhile, owner Steve Morgan revealed before the game that the club is close to formulating final plans to redevelop Molineux.
Speaking after officially opening the plush new International Suite at Molineux last night, Morgan insisted the Wolves board were considering all options of redevelopment, both refurbishment of the current infrastructure and possible new development.
Already the club has made changes by widening and lengthening the Molineux pitch so the fans are closer to the action.
“We’re not yet at the stage when we are ready to say anything definitive publicly but we are certainly taking the plans forward,” he said.
“We’re at the stage of exploring lots of different possibilities, so until we decide which route we are going down it would be fruitless to make public announcements about planning to do this and planning to do that because you end up looking stupid if you have to change your mind.
“We’re not at that stage yet but are getting very much further down the line and in the next month or two we’ll finalise our plans.”