Mick McCarthy, the Wolves manager, challenged his side to keep their destiny in their own hands after they moved a point nearer to Premier League safety with a goalless draw against Stoke at Molineux. Wolves are now six points clear of the bottom three - and have a superior goal difference - in 14th position with just four games left. However, the manager is determined not to let any complacency creep in among his players.
He said: "This result means someone has to get seven points to get above us but we want to continue to pick up positive results until the end of the season. "We want to end with a flourish and not have to worry about the other results." McCarthy was full of praise for the way his defenders coped with the stream of long throws from Rory Delap. The Stoke midfielder launched 25 in total during the 90 minutes.
Jody Craddock, the Wolves defender who was made captain for the day in the absence of the suspended Karl Henry, was in fine form in what was the 500th league appearance of his career, despite having to have his head bandaged after a clash of heads with Abdoulaye Faye. McCarthy said: "I thought Jody and Christophe [Berra] were outstanding. Some teams would have crumbled but we dealt with them." Tony Pulis, his Stoke counterpart, is also adamant there will be no easing up by his side, despite securing their Premier League status for another campaign.
He said: "We have spoken about this. The chairman is still paying the wages and the fans are still paying their money to come and watch. They still have a responsibility to the club and the fans. As long as I am manager, I will be keen for all my players to be committed." * PA