Mick McCarthy insists there is no sign of panic in the Wolverhampton Wanderers’ ranks despite Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Preston North End and the unwelcome statistic of a third successive game without a win.
Other sides around them might cast an envious eye over Wolves’ impressive statistics this season – statistics which show they have only lost twice at home now all season and are still four points clear at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship.
But McCarthy’s players and their supporters will not be happy with this blip – a blip which will have the doubters and gloom merchants circling.
McCarthy said: “We didn’t deserve to win this game but they did because they took their chances.
“I am not panicking although I am concerned when we don’t pick points up.”
The Yorkshireman claims, however, he never expected Wolves’ incredible run to continue unabated.
He said: “I never thought we would just carry on and win all our games.
“I knew it was never going to be easy but if there is any crumb of comfort then it is that we are still top of the league and four points clear with 19 games to go.
“We have lost a match but there will be no panic.
“We are a good side and all the questions that will have been asked of me and the team, I believe, have been answered in the first 26 games of this season.
“We have lost a match but how we react, we will soon find out.”
McCarthy admitted the defeat at the hands of Alan Irvine’s fellow promotion-chasers had been disappointing.
He said: “I don’t think any of us are happy with the goals we conceded. They gifted us one and we gifted them three.”
And of the fact two of the Preston goals came from one of his former players in striker Stephen Elliott, McCarthy said: “It is sod’s law. I said when he left here he would go on and score – I just didn’t want him to score against us!”