McCarthy won't blame keeper

Wolves boss staying upbeat after draw at local rivals

Hennessey: Late mistake

Hennessey: Late mistake

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Wolves manager Mick McCarthy refused to blame Wayne Hennessey for his team's failure to secure three points at local rivals West Brom.

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Jamie O'Hara's sweet first-half strike appeared poised to lift Wolves off the bottom of the Premier League table until Hennessey's stoppage-time mistake.

The Wales international goalkeeper spilled a shot from James Morrison and Carlos Vela was on hand to bundle home a dramatic equaliser for the Baggies.

However, while McCarthy was disappointed to see victory snatched from his team's grasp in such fashion, he did not point the finger at Hennessey for Vela's goal.


"Of course it is a disappointing end," said McCarthy. "I am not going to try to deny that.

"The performance was very good. I haven't seen the goal yet but it is a bobbly old pitch.

"I don't know whether Wayne should have got it and kept it - but he has been brilliant for us.

"He has been fabulous. I thought we could have got a block on the original shot.

"Overall the performance was good. We had a really good spell second half when we should have got another goal.

"They came back into it but I'll take the point, which we have to do, and we've got Blackpool next week."

McCarthy added: "Of course, I am down but I don't think you can detect that speaking to me now. I'm not growling at anyone.

"You'd expect me to be a bit disappointed or down but I don't know how you detect that, only by assumption because we lose a goal in the 93rd minute.

"We were as comfortable as we've ever been in a game. We lost the ball in the middle of the park and they got on top for three or four minutes and that gave them a bit of impetus."