Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy is the first to admit he would like a chance to change the script for his post-match press conferences as he takes his goal-shy team to Pride Park today to play third-placed Derby County.

Although McCarthy is never boring at post-match press conference, the story of Wolves' season is becoming repetitive, of a well-balanced, spirited, hardworking team not taking their chances.

Just as was the case at Molineux in September when Derby striker Steve Howard's header proved to be the only goal of an otherwise one-sided game, so it was again in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Norwich City.

"It's a case of deja vu," McCarthy said. "Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Leicester and now Norwich too. So many games here at Molineux when we've dominated in the second half and haven't capitalised.

"And I remember it was the same when Derby came here and we very kindly allowed Steve Howard to break his duck.

"I'm told we were lucky with our first equaliser because it was offside. But maybe it was also a bit of a break that the centre-half went up the field and scored with a volley that Steven Gerrard would be proud of."

That stunning injury-time effort by captain Jody Craddock captured that late point, after Karl Henry's controversial first goal for Wolves had cancelled out the first of two pieces of prize poaching by former West Bromwich Albion misfit Rob Earnshaw.

"Had we had someone of Robert Earnshaw's ilk perhaps we would be sitting here talking about a win," McCarthy said. "What we need here is a bit of devilment in the box. I think we've checked and we have had something like 30 crosses into their box."

The problem, exacerbated by Jay Bothroyd's late withdrawal with a "tight" thigh that makes him doubtful today, is highlighted by the fact that Craddock has scored four of Wolves' nine goals in the last nine games.

Henry said that, on a day when the efforts of wingers Michael McIndoe and the excellent Michael Kightly promised better, Craddock's finale stole the show as he pounced on a loose ball from Mark Little's cross to caress home on the half volley from 15 yards.

"I don't know where Jody keeps getting them from," Henry said. "But he is scoring some spectacular goals.

"And, although it was nice to get on the scoresheet myself, I still feel it was two points lost.

"We were in control of the game and there were so many balls into the box it is very frustrating we didn't win. On another day we would have scored five.

"The two wide lads have been magnificent. But it's up to all of us to try to get on the end of their crosses."

The on-loan Kightly is suspended as a result of his first caution for Wolves, on top of the four he collected earlier in the season at Grays Athletic.

Sadly for the Essex youngster, he misses a return to old haunts as the game for which he must serve his ban is Saturday's match at Colchester United.