McCarthy seeking perfect pair

Misfiring forwards give Wolves boss headache

McCarthy: Confused

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Mick McCarthy is still to decide who his best strike partnership is as Wolves push for promotion from the Championship.

With the busy festive period approaching, McCarthy is well aware that the next few weeks could make or break Wolves' season and that he needs to find the right mix.

A combination of injuries and inconsistency has forced the former Republic of Ireland manager to continually rotate his forward line so far in this campaign with varying degrees of success.

Stephen Elliott is the club's top scorer so far this term with four, whilst Freddy Eastwood and Jay Bothroyd have only three apiece. Andy Keogh, who is also in the reckoning for a starting spot, only has one and McCarthy admits that he is puzzled by the problems currently being experienced by his strikers.

Partnership problems

"We want to try and get a settled pair up front. No partnership has set the world on fire," he said.

"At the start of the season I thought the main pairing would be Keogh and Elliott. I thought they would be the best partnership but Keogh is still not fully there yet from his operation.

"I thought Bothroyd was excellent on Saturday against Burnley after coming back from a two-week lay-off. Elliott put in a great shift as well and stood up well, taking the penalty with aplomb under a lot of pressure."