Mick McCarthy might have been livid after his high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers side squandered a 2-0 lead at Bristol City but it was a more reflective manager looking back at the weekend’s Coca-Cola Championship action last night.
The Wolves boss saw his side lose a two-goal defecit by allowing City back into the game and in the end had to settle for a 2-2 draw and only one point instead of three.
He reiterated the fact that his side would have to scrap and fight all the way to the wire and to the season’s end if it was to fulfil its dream of promotion.
And he insisted that, while the doubters continue to dissect Wolves’ form, his side is still very much in the box seat for the automatic places to the Barclays Premier League - a position the teams below him would love to be in.
“I’ve said all along it’s going to go right to the wire,” McCarthy said.
“Everyone’s scrapping away beneath us but we’re still in the best position.
“We don’t want to swap our position with anyone else and they would want to swap with us.
“But if we get into positions like we did on Saturday and can’t hold it or defend better than that we might find ourselves swapping with somebody that we don’t want to happen.”
Wolves face a titanic battle a week on Saturday with the match at their nearest rivals Reading at the Madejski Stadium but McCarthy says their manager will be feeling the pressure too.
He said: “I am sure Steve Coppell will have been answering a load of similar questions after defeat at Swansea on Saturday and Big Alex (McLeish) will have fielded a few after losing in the cup and drawing late on to Cardiff. But this Championship season is going to see teams kicking and scrapping and fighting and playing football competitively right to the last minute of the last day of the season. We understand that and we’ll be fighting all the way.”
McCarthy’s attention will be diverted towards the FA Cup fourth round this week with the mouthwatering visit of Middlesbrough to Molineux on Saturday. Defender Richard Stearman will miss the game after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Ashton Gate.
LEAGUE ONE: Walsall will hold a press conference at 10am today to unveil their new management team.
John Schofield, who was placed in caretaker charge following the dismissal of Jimmy Mullen on January 10, has been relieved of his duties in preparation for the new arrivals. Several names have been linked with the position, including Alan Buckley, Geraint Williams and Chris Hutchings.