McCarthy confident of survival

Wolves boss set for final day battle at home to Blackburn

McCarthy is confident his side can stay in the Premier League

McCarthy is confident his side can stay in the Premier League

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Mick McCarthy is confident his Wolves side can avoid relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the season after claiming a crucial 3-1 win at Sunderland.

The Molineux boss was happy to see his side climb up to 16th place, albeit just a single point clear of the drop zone going into next weekend's final day encounter at home to Blackburn.

Jody Craddock had given the visitors an early lead, which was cancelled out by Stephane Sessegnon.

But second-half goals from Steven Fletcher and George Elokobi sealed a second successive league win for McCarthy's men.

And now the Irishman knows their fate remains in their own hands going into next weekend's crucial clash.

Earhole

McCarthy said: "It's the same three points as last week. I said it would go to May 22 and it's going there, isn't it?

"Nobody can do anything about it. Everybody has been in your earhole - the media, mums, dads, kids, friends. 'If this happens'. 'If that happens'.

"Just win our game. If we win our game, then nobody can do anything about it, and the same applies on Sunday against Blackburn."

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"Just win our game. If we win our game, then nobody can do anything about it, and the same applies on Sunday against Blackburn."

He added: "I enjoyed the result. I enjoyed our second-half performance because we played well, but we had been battered for 45 minutes.

"We got slapped and we had to certainly improve and up our game, which we did, and I think second half, we deserved to win, to be honest with you. I don't think anyone could argue with that point."

No problem

McCarthy added he doesn't mind striker Kevin Doyle linking up with the Republic of Ireland at the end of the season.

Doyle, 27, suffered knee ligament damage while on international duty in March.

He came on as a second half substitute during Wolves' victory in the North East.

Ireland face Northern Ireland and Scotland in the Carling Nations Cup and a Euro 2012 qualifier with Macedonia in the next few months and the former Reading star will be a certain pick for head coach Giovanni Trapattoni.

McCarthy said: "I'm happy for Doyley to go with Ireland, of course I am. They've got two what I would call friendlies (in the Carling Nations) and then Macedonia in the qualifier.

"That gives them a couple of games to get him right and then use him for the qualifier and I have no problem with that.

"Listen, I've no issue with him getting the injury when on international duty.

"He's a Wolves and Ireland player isn't he? He's an Irish international and I've no problem whatsoever.

"If he ever leaves Wolves, he's still an Ireland player."