Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has admitted to having a furious dressing room bust-up with captain Gary Breen following Southampton's injury time equaliser at Molineux on Tuesday, writes Rob Tanner.
McCarthy was incandescent with rage at the way ten-man Southampton, who were 2-1 down, were gifted a corner in the fourth minute of added time at the end of the game, and his mood worsened as Jason Euell was granted a free header to deny Wolves two points which would have helped their play-off chances.
The Wolves manager then had a row with Breen, his oldest and most loyal lieutenant having played for McCarthy for Ireland and Sunderland, in the dressing room after the game and the exchange was so heated the dressing room door was locked.
McCarthy was still visibly seething in the post match press conference almost an hour after the final whistle.
The fraying tempers could be seen as an indication that the pressure is mounting at Molineux. Wolves were fancied to be amongst the promotion hopefuls but McCarthy's side are still four points off the play-off places with 11 games remaining.
However, the Wolves boss said he and Breen held clear the air talks on Wednesday and both player and manager were now focused on the remaining fixtures of the season.
"Having conceded a goal in the 94th minute emotions were running high and heated words were exchanged," he said. "But this was a dressing room argument and there were too many people around for the situation to go beyond a bit of shouting. No punches were exchanged.
"Me and Breeny have worked together for a long time and have got a lot of respect for each other. We are both passionate and competitive people who desperately want to win the games, so these things happen.
"The two of us have met since for a clear the air talk and that's the end of it we move on to the next game."
McCarthy's frustration may have been increased by the reaction of the Molineux crowd, who were restless for nearly an hour until Sylvan Ebanks-Blake opened the scoring and were critical of their side's lack of attacking gumption for much of the game.
However, McCarthy warned there maybe a few more frustrating games to come as the season reaches its nail-biting climax, and not just at Molineux.
"Amongst the remaining fixtures there are going to be some really horrible games because of the intensity, the expectation and the pressure, not just here but everywhere," he said.
"Whether it is relegation or promotion, there is a lot at stake. There won't be great games and Tuesday night's game was really poor. For the most part ours was a poor performance.
"We have to just try and take each game as it comes and try and pick up as many points as possible. We dropped two on Tuesday night and we have to pick them up somewhere else now."
A new date has been set for the Black Country derby. West Bromwich Albion will visit Molineux on April 15, kick off 7.45pm.
The fixture was due to be played this weekend but had to be postponed because of Albion's FA Cup tie at Bristol Rovers.