Date:Monday April 23 2007
Steve Bruce was first to the press conference yesterday and looked a tired man. Within the space of 90 minutes he had lived every kick of the game and it was easy to see how deeply involved he gets with every match.
He admitted he was lucky to come away from the Molineux with three points. He had seen the replay of the penalty shout on Kightly and admitted that Wolves should then have had the opportunity to go 3-1 up.
At that point, he had to consider what to do to change the game and was glad that his players had come up trumps.
He saluted Colin Doyle's efforts, and when questioned about the alleged interest from Arsenal, gleefully said that he would swap him for Bendtner and Muamba. However, he did admit that every playr has their price and it would be a fantastic move for Doyle. At the moment though, he was quick to point out that this is all 'newspaper flannel'.
Bruce isn't taking Birmingham's position for granted; he is aware that history has always dictated that they are apt to shoot themselves in the foot at critical moments. He is still looking for two wins, or at least four points to assure automatic promotion for Blues.
In contrast, Mick McCarthy was still recovering from what he felt was the incompetence of match officials; incandescent is probably not too strong a term to attach to his mood.
He pointed out that at 3-1 the points would have been in the bag for Wolves, but at the final whistle he urged his squad back on to the pitch to take the applause of the fans to help keep their morale high.
So far this season, McCarthy has done a fantastic job with the Wolves squad considering the disarray that he inherited in the summer. He was quick to point out that Birmingham's final goalscorer (Jerome) probably cost more than his entire squad.
He is confident that two wins will see Wolves into the playoffs with as good a chance as everybody else of gaining promotion.
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