Mick McCarthy is convinced the fact his side have been left without a game for 12 days after last weekend’s FA Cup clash with rivals Birmingham was lost to a heavy ground frost, will help rather than hinder his side.
McCarthy’s Coca-Cola Championship leaders were frustrated last Saturday as temperatures of minus eight meant the third round clash with Birmingham at St Andrew’s was postponed.
The Wolves boss was disappointed for some of his first team fringe players who had been relishing the chance to play but says now, in hindsight, the rest has done his players good.
He says they are now refreshed and raring to go for the visit of Preston North End at Molienux in the league tomorrow.
He said: “They all want be involved – they all love Saturday afternoons and they love playing football.
“Michael Kightly is one of a number of them who love the game and he was doubly disappointed as he had to miss the Blackpool game to through suspension but they’re all like that.
“Maybe the break has done him good – Kights has played a lot of football – but I can’t judge that until I see him tomorrow afternoon.”
The Wolves boss, whose side are still rising high seven points clear of their nearest rivals in Birmingham City and Reading, revealed his team last week would have featured Sam Vokes and Andy Keogh leading the line with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Chris Iwelumo in line for a rest.
He said: “Vokes and Keogh deserved a chance because they’re both very good players. But I think the other lads will benefit from the break now and will be back and raring to go.
“I don’t think you can play 46 games at 100 per cent all the time.
“It also doesn’t do anyone any harm. If the two strikers who go in and score, it’s great – a bit of insecurity doesn’t hurt anyone and makes you work harder.”
Carl Ikeme would also have featured at St Andrew’s while the absence of Dave Edwards (injury) and David Jones (illness) would also have given Darren Potter his first start of the season.
“Potts would have played, because it comes to a stage where if people don’t get games, they don’t get battle-hardened,” McCarthy explained.
“Potts is still available. I shall still play him because he’s still one of our players and he has been brilliant. So while I was disappointed that the game was off, I was more disappointed for him because it was a chance for him to get a game.”