Fletcher - Wolves can stay up
Striker was surprised by McCarthy's sacking as manager
Last Updated: February 20, 2012 10:53am
Steven Fletcher: Striker optimistic Wolves can stay up after being disappointed by Mick McCarthy's sacking
Steven Fletcher admits he was surprised Mick McCarthy was sacked as Wolves manager, but is determined to ensure the club remain in the Premier League.
McCarthy was dismissed last week on the back of a 5-1 home defeat by local rivals West Bromwich Albion which left Wolves in the relegation zone.
However, Fletcher is optimistic Wolves have the quality to climb to safety as the club aim to name McCarthy's successor before Saturday's trip to St James' Park.
Fletcher said: "It was a bit of a surprise (McCarthy's sacking) to be honest. We all came in on Monday morning thinking we were going to pick ourselves up after the Albion defeat and then heard the news.
"The gaffer brought me to the club after Burnley had been relegated and I've managed to score some goals since I've been here so it's a bit disappointing he's away.
"It's football and the gaffer has been in it a long time. Now for him, and for us and all the fans we have to make sure we stay in the league and prove we are a good enough side.
"We know what our capabilities are and what we can do on the pitch and if we produce that we can stay up."
On a personal level Fletcher is looking to build on his 10-goal tally which has already equalled his league haul for last season.
He said: "I remember saying at the start of the season when talking about targets that I wanted to get the same as last season or beat it.
"I've now got the same with 10 in the league and hopefully there's 13 games left now to try and beat it."