McCarthy - We're not dirty
Mick McCarthy said Wolves are not a 'dirty team' despite having a man sent off in the Fulham defeat.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 11/09/10 7:14pm
Mick McCarthy has said his side are not a "dirty team" despite being reduced to 10 men in the defeat against Fulham.
The Wolves boss hit back at critics after the game at Craven Cottage and refused to entertain suggestions that his side were overly physical following a string of robust challenges being highlighted in the media in the recent draw against Newcastle United.
However, despite Christophe Berra's second bookable offence for pulling down Fulham's Eddie Johnson and a well-timed tackle from Karl Henry which led to Bobby Zamora breaking his ankle, McCarthy instead focused his post-match interview on his disappointment at the way Wolves conceded two goals from Moussa Dembele.
"We started well and we've let ourselves down, not with the bookings because I think Michael Mancienne for a little tug on the shirt is a joke, some of them little trips and nudges, but conceding the goals the way we did is what's disappointing me," McCarthy told Sky Sports.
"And the other thing is the kind of media-driven bit that we're some kind of dirty team, which we're not. I think it affects officials. I've no doubt it does."
He went on "I think after the Newcastle game a lot was made of it on TV and through the media, which it happens, and somehow we've been labelled this overly physical side which I don't think we are in any shape or form.
"I think the worst two tackles in the game were after they (Fulham) went 2-1 up on two of my players and maybe that's making sure that they don't concede anything."
Fulham's summer signing Dembele cancelled out an early Jelle van Damme opener before the Belgian striker struck again in the dying minutes to give the home side the points.
McCarthy added: "Losing a game any way is not something I enjoy but 91 minutes or something, it was very disappointing."