Wolves Are Certainly Not Bully Boys – Mick McCarthy


Mick McCarthy’s team came in for some criticism the way they approached the Newcastle game a couple of weeks ago.

Mick McCarthy – hey ref he just kicked my player

Their plan seemed to be to make it a very physical game against Newcastle, who were fresh from hammering  a good side – Aston Villa – by a score of 6-0 in their first home game of the season.

But their manager today insists Wolves are not guilty of adopting bully-boy tactics, and the former Ireland and Sunderland manager said today:

“I think this perception that we’re a team roughing people up is completely wrong.” “We’re a team competing in the Premier League and you have to do it. I think people have got the wrong end of the stick.”

“Let me tell you – whatever went down against Newcastle a week last Saturday will be for the other 17 teams we’ve still got to play here.” “Everyone else that comes here have got the same to come. It’s a competitive place.”

“People like to hang tags on things but don’t go labelling us a dirty side. We play our football and we compete.” “We tackle properly and we’re going to continue doing the same.” “If you don’t stand up to it, you get beat.”

” Against Newcastle, we stood up to a really experienced team who I don’t think should even have been in the Championship.” “I was proud of the lads for the way we competed in both games. The Newcastle game was a tough old match – but there were no shrinking violets.”

We don’t really have too much against the Wolves style of play,  although it was definitely a rough encounter that day, but after all football is a contact sport and not for wimps.

Joey Barton came in for some rough handling that day, and he did very well not to lose his cool, and he came out of the game looking very good – again.  And we all know Joey can dish it out, so it was rather amusing at the end of the game when he was complaining to Mick McCarthy about the rough play, when Mick told Joey he was like the frying pan calling the kettle black.

Mick claims he got a smile out of Joey when he said that.

Joey did complain to the referee more than once in the game – for protection – but if you look at it from the Wolves viewpoint, Newcastle had only just throttled Aston Villa – a very good team by 6-0 – so Wolves did not want to be at the losing end of another hiding, especially by half time.

So it’s probably not too surprising that they played very rough, especially in that first half,  and Newcastle still had a number of chances they should have put away – but didn’t.

Football is a tough game, played by men, and we liked the attitude of our manager Chris Hughton after the game.

He refused to criticize Wolves at all – and said the roughness was all part of  the game – and he had expected it – and certainly wasn’t complaining.  But then again when was the last time Chris complained or used an excuse for anything?

Chris is not in the excuses business,  and that’s just one of the thing we like about the man.   Let’s get the 3 points against Blackpool on Saturday – that’s the only thing that matters right now.

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77 comments so far

  • TORONTOON

    Sep 9, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #1

    they had a plan; 7 yellow cards against barton says it all.

    proud of you joey. this is your club now and if you keep your cool it’s a matter of time before you’re captain

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  • ginkoh

    Sep 9, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #2

    They should keep on tackle game because it’s only way they can win the game. It’s their style but hard to see.

    Good to see Barton don’t lose the temper last game but I don’t think everyone can cope with it. Don’t mind the low standard referee.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 9, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #3

    I think only 4 of the yellow cards were on Joey but still. They knew what they were doing. Trying to get a reaction. Didn’t work though. Well done Joey!

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  • CT

    Sep 9, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #4

    More experienced people than me have said you have to impose yourself and earn the right to play! Wolves were matched in that department by our lads and we then had the chances to win the game, we wouldn`t expect anything else. I like the balance in our squad, Nolan, Barton, Smith, Enrique, Carrol, Taylor are not exactly shrinking violets plus add Sol as well as Tiate we aren`t gonna get mugged ourselves. But we also have skill! If we compete in the 1st 20 mins against B`pool, Iexpect us to win!!

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  • CT

    Sep 9, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #5

    TYPO error before Beefy complains TIOTE!!!!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 9, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #6

    We showed last season, against the likes of Sheff Utd, that we will not be bullied.

    The wolves were ridiculous/. Could have seriously injured Joey Barton. This one “Tackle” from Henry, he ran full sprint into joey barton when he was unguarded playing the ball. There was no intention to get the ball.

    I was in the stands and was screaming for a red card, the ref didnt even give a free kick. Henry took it to far on Barton, the rest of the physical side was fine.

    Was the refs fault, for not booking blatent ntentional fouls. Then again it was Stuart Atwell.

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  • MacToon

    Sep 9, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #7

    What a prat he is, he contradicts himself……..

    “I think this perception that we’re a team roughing people up is completely wrong.” “We’re a team competing in the Premier League and you have to do it.”

    So our perception isn’t wrong thicko!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 9, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #8

    My god, need to sort my typing out.

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  • CT

    Sep 9, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Whar CH has done with Barton 3 sports phsycologists couldn`t do!

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  • geordie_india

    Sep 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #10

    We don’t really have too much against the Wolves style of play, although it was definitely a rough encounter that day, but after all football is a contact sport and not for wimps.

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  • Tom Mo.

    Sep 9, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #11

    yea mick, bull SH!T

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  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 9, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #12

    EVERY team thinks they’re a team full of hard, nasty players.

    Everton complained about how they were kicked off the pitch, and even Stoke were a bit annoyed!

    Wolves are a dirty team.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Wolves game reminded me of my childhood. All in football with no Ref.

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 9, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Wolves are the dirtist team i have seen for a very long time.I will admit the game is a contact sport,but at least four of there so called tackles were straight red cards and they went a lot futher than a bit of contact.And of course chris aint gonna complain hes to much of a gentleman for that.Reguards mr shearer you should be ashamed of yourself sitting there laughing on match of the day,you used to be a big hero to me but not any more you silly jerk.If i had done some of them tackles in the street on a member of the public, i would be sat on remand now looking at a prison sentence for assult.I got brought up with the you look after your own mentally,but cause it was joey nobody seems to give a damn.He needs the same protection as every other player on the pitch, not people looking away just cause its joey barton.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 9, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Try toughing it out on a waterlogged pitch against Leeds or Chelsea circa 1971, even Arsenal.

    Norman Hunter, Chopper Harris etc… sporting gents all!

    Time to move on, methinks.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 9, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Mick McCarthy’s voice grates on me, I wonder if it could be arranged to have his voice banned like Thatcher did with the ira, they could use an effeminate voice to male him sound a bit more butch. just a thought. 3,559 tickets left for Saturdays game but they are still selling well, think it will be close to a sell out.

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  • CT

    Sep 9, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Can`t believe what i`m reading, this is football not bloody netball!!! We can hold our own but can also play! End of. Wolves/Stoke/ Blackburn to go down would please me no end!

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  • burnsie

    Sep 9, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #18

    More tripe from the babbling mouth of the freak that is beefheart. he knows who he is and what hes done. in real life. not just on this blog. you dont remember me do you m8…?

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  • burnsie

    Sep 9, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #19

    beefheart your a complete loser that tries to bully and correct people on this site alllll the time. i wish i could meet u in real life. i bet your a c unt

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Sep 9, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #20

    @BeefHeart.
    I though we had moved on from those days, I certainly don’t want football to go back to those days thats for sure. Mans game, yeah for sure but this is Association Football not Rugby Football. No excuse’s please for the Wolves treatment of Barton or any other player, if you want to watch that sort of Footy then get ya VCR back out and reminisce of 70’s footy but I don’t want it back. If ya go back further in the History of the game you see why it was once banned.

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  • burnsie

    Sep 9, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #21

    beefhearts about 93 years old man warwick. he dont need the VCR back out…he has all the memories of ”back in the day” still fresh in his warped mind. beefy your views are ultimately sooooooooooooo dated man. id love to know who you are in real life.

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 9, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #22

    burnsie we might be better off sticking to our football,im more interest in what people thought of the wolves game mate.

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  • CT

    Sep 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #23

    Beefy, the most hated team in history”The Damned United-Leeds” 70`s. Don`t want to return to those days but don`t want my team bullied and kicked off the pitch either! ENTERTAINERS is where we want to be but this time win summit! BUT we also need steal! Chelski, Manure etc have both. That`s our model!!!

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  • CT

    Sep 9, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #24

    OOPS! Beefy `nother typo STEEL!! STEEL!!
    NO MORE APOLOGIES FOR TYPOS, not WRITING a bloody book.

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  • Mag 48

    Sep 9, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #25

    As I said to the Wolves fans I watched the game with (executive club) If thats the sort of football you want to pay to see good luck. I would’nt waste that sort of money.

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Sep 9, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Steel throughout the team is one thing but cynical targeting of a player is another!
    But hats off to Barton he didn’t bite.

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 9, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Warwick Hunt i felt it was more than just targeting i felt they tryed to end bartons carearer in that game.

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  • burnsie

    Sep 9, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #28

    haha i love it when we all tell BEEFY where to go…

    jog on beefy, jog on…..

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  • CT

    Sep 9, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Barton is a target because of his history, but many flair players with no history are also targets. It`s down to the interllect and the courage of the refs. One red card for Henry, different game!

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Sep 9, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #30

    They tried and might well have succeeded, because he got no protection from the ref. Everyone knows that Joey hasn’t been the best Citizen, player or role model. But he did the crime and he did the time, if you look at everyones past there is no future.

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 9, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #31

    CT the ref had a lot to do with it for me he totally lost control of the game,if barton had commited 1 of the fouls henry did he would have be off.

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Sep 9, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #32

    @ToonToonToon.
    Barton commited 1 bad tackle and got booked (rightly so) so what happened to the rest?
    Anyway, the more I hear from Chrissy Boy the more I think that he can take our beloved NUFC forward. Love the way we did our bussiness in the Summer, with transfers, long may it continue. We will no doubt have a rough spell but Chrissy Boy has my backing 100%.

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  • baro

    Sep 9, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #33

    I really hate this Wolves team they are one heck of a dirty team. They had nearly 6-7 horror tackles on Joey Barton. Especially Vanden Borre and Henry. Really hate that team.

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  • Thump

    Sep 9, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #34

    @Burnsie (all comments): Grow up, mate. This is a football blog and you’re making yourself out to be an even bigger t**ser than Beefy can be. He has his opinions, you have yours – so what if you don’t like them? They’re OPINIONS!

    No wonder the likes of Stardust tend to stay away nowadays.

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 9, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Warwick Hunt Chris is a very good manager,he has made me proud to be a newcastle fan again,even if we hit a rough patch i will be saying the same thing,he has my backing 110 per cent.Hes a proper gent and maybe 1 day he will be as big up here as the late great SIR BOBBY ROBSON.

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  • batty

    Sep 9, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #36

    thump stardust would make burnsie look like the c@nt he is

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  • batty

    Sep 9, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #37

    burnsie // Sep 9, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    haha i love it when we all tell BEEFY where to go…<<<< pr ick gan and stick ur heed back in that bucket of shite

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  • batty

    Sep 9, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #38

    burnsie // Sep 9, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    beefhearts about 93 years old man warwick. he dont need the VCR back out…he has all the memories of ”back in the day” still fresh in his warped mind. beefy your views are ultimately sooooooooooooo dated man. id love to know who you are in real life.<<<<< so now you like pickin on old people as well is that what ya do for a living mug old people ya f ukin c unt

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  • pearceet

    Sep 9, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Alreet Lads
    what exactly is the clause in ben arfa’s loan contract?
    Does he have to start 25 games or just play? ie ca he come on as a sub for 1 min and that count?
    Also if he does play/start 25 games do we have to sign him?
    cheers

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #40

    pearceet i think if he came on as sub that would count as a game.

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