Wolves boss Mick McCarthy admitted defeat against Birmingham City at St Andrew's was a hammer blow given how well his players performed for the majority of the match.

He said: "I have not been in our dressing room before and seen the lads as disappointed as that after a game.

"You feel hard done by, and it is hard, but we've got a game on Wednesday (against Tottenham), and that is the motivation we need.

"If we play like that in our remaining games, I don't think we can be written off.

"I had no doubt that the team would perform today, and they have done that on many occasions this season."

McCarthy added: "Birmingham started the game very well and we had to weather the storm, but after that we played very well.

"After half-time we were on top, and when that is the case, you need to take your chances. We didn't, that has cost us, we invited a bit of pressure which didn't help, and have paid the price."