We had watched Wolves’ great 2-1 home win against Man City recently, and thought that Wolves showed a lot of grit and it was good that they got all 3 points, for a change, since they seemed to have been unlucky in some of their games this season.
Mick McCarthy – Newcastle were fantastic, brilliant against Arsenal
Wolves played just as well at Old Trafford over the weekend as they did against Man City, only for Man United to get an injury time winner, which is always a crushing blow to the losing side.
And when Newcastle put up their magnificent show on Sunday, and won 1-0 at the Emirates, we thought it was very like the Wolves performance against City – as both Newcastle and Wolves played their hearts out, and had a never say die spirit against a better side, and came out winners.
And Wolves and former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy has come out full of praise for both Newcastle and Chris Hughton today:
“I’ve said here before about when a Wolves beats Manchester City or a Newcastle beats an Arsenal it’s often about how badly the one team have played,”“Well I thought Newcastle were brilliant on Sunday and nothing should be taken away from them.”
“Andy Carroll and Ameobi were outstanding, with one dropping into midfield when needed, and Joey Barton has been absolute class in the games I’ve seen him.” “Tiote? Man of the match, absolutely ran it for them, he was fabulous.”
“Nolan as well. They were better than Arsenal.” “Arsenal were beaten by a team who went down there, were well organised and played great. They thoroughly deserved it and it was nothing to do with anyone being out of sorts.”
“The one thing was that Arsenal had played in the Champions League and it does make a difference. But let’s laud Chris Hughton and pat him on the back because I thought Newcastle were brilliant.” “It was nothing to do with others playing badly or being under-par – Newcastle were fantastic and well done to them.”
Good words from Mick, and it’s strange how he’s suddenly gone up in our estimation.
But Wolves also have a hard working side who never give up, and although Mick may grumble a little too much after some of the games in which his side have been unlucky, it’s hard to criticize managers, because it’s a very tough job managing in the Premier League, that’s for sure.
When Man United scored their winner in injury time on Saturday, it looked like Mick may have been physically sick, such was the disappointment on his face.
Wolves play Arsenal tonight at home, and we’ll look for a Newcastle like display, as we’re sure Mick has already studied that game, and maybe even talked to Chris Hughton about the tactics employed – because they were right on.
Maybe we’ll see a Wolves win against the Gunners and a Newcastle win against Blackburn tonight – that sounds good to us.