McCARTHY DEFENDS TEAM SELECTION
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has denied speculation that the number of changes that were carried out in his team was responsible for the 3-0 loss against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Ahead of the crucial match against Chelsea, Mick McCarthy made four changes to the team.
Chelsea were coming into the match on a poor run of form and Wolves could have easily taken advantage of it. However, they were extremely poor in the first half, as Chelsea raced to a 3-0 advantage in the first half. Even though Wolves put up a great fight in the second half and restricted Chelsea from scoring further, it proved to be a chance lost for Mick McCarthy more than anything else.
Apart from the win over Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea have been suffering defeats in a number of matches in recent weeks. Wolverhampton Wanderers could have easily added even more misery for new manager Andre Villas-Boas, but didn't try to press the Blues.
Manager Mick McCarthy has said that the changes are not to blame for the loss against Chelsea. After the match, he said “There has been some disruption to the team with the four changes but that’s not the reason we lost. We’ll never really know what effect it had because we conceded after just seven minutes – we never really even got started. Unfortunately, it ripped the heart and soul out of a team finding it tough.”
After seeing his side struggle in the match, McCarthy switched the formation to a conventional 4-4-2. It proved to be the masterstroke in the second half, as Chelsea could not find a way past Wolves. In fact, Wolves came very close to scoring themselves had it not been for the excellent goalkeeping from Petr Cech.