Wolves manager Mick McCarthy hails 'great start' after victory over Blackburn

McCarthy praises his side, particularly his new signings Johnson and O'Hara, and believes his players controlled the game at Ewood Park
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy was delighted with his side’s opening day victory against Blackburn Rovers and praised his players for their attitude and determination to come from behind to seal all three points.

The visitors were slow to start and fell behind to a 20th minute strike from Mauro Formica, but that was the spark they needed and minutes later Steven Fletcher put the visitors back on level terms, something that pleased the Wolves boss.

“It’s a great start, you can’t ask for much more than that,” he told reporters.

“I’m pleased with the performance as well because I thought we played well.

“It’s kind of known if you go behind in the Premier League you don’t often come back, especially away from home, but I thought it was the first bit of quality we produced for the equaliser.

“The game was end-to-end and quite an open game.”

Wolves began the second half keen to take the advantage away from their hosts and they were rewarded with a penalty in the first minute after the break.

Kevin Doyle saw his spot-kick saved by Paul Robinson but when the ball was returned into the area it eventually fell to Stephen Ward who rifled the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the area.

“I thought when we scored second we controlled the game for the most part,” he added.

“[It can make them] nervy as the home team on their home debut if they go behind but it’s up to opposition to take advantage and I think we did.

“It’s our third year in the Premier League,  the players we’ve added have added something to it but the players that have been here for two years have got better.”

The victory was the first time Wolves have come from behind to win in the Premier League, and McCarthy praised both his new signings and the players who have fought hard to keep Wolves in the Premier League for the third consecutive season but acknowledged there was a long way to go.

“I’m delighted with them, Roger [Johnson] has certainly added a great deal to the back four,” he continued.

“Jamie [O’Hara] came last year, and he’s had his pre-season so I’m really pleased.”

“But it’s only one down, 37 to go.”

Next up for Wolves, and McCarthy, is the visit of Fulham who arrive at Molineux next Sunday.