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McCarthy cautious over safety

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Wolves boss Mick McCarthy refused to declare his side safe from relegation after they gained another precious point in their quest for survival with a goalless draw at Fulham.

Bobby Zamora rattled the Wolves woodwork in the second half but Fulham otherwise struggled to break down the spirited visitors who are now six points clear of relegation with three matches left.

"I don't think we're there yet but games are running out and we have taken another point. We still have important games left," said McCarthy.

"This is silly season. Results are strange this time of year and I don't want any silly results that might upset us."

Wolves' only defeat in their past seven matches came against Arsenal and they will now face Blackburn, Portsmouth and Sunderland before the end of the season.

Fulham are due to face Hamburg in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday, but manager Roy Hodgson denied that his players thoughts were elsewhere against Wolves.

He said: "It wasn't a case of Thursday being a distraction, it was a case of having to deal with a team who are difficult to deal with because they are well-rehearsed with their style of play.

"They kick the ball up from their goalkeeper and try to hold you in the box and the first thing you have to do is deal with that and don't slip up and concede goals.

"In the second half we did well to get the ball down and get behind them and we did better.

"But credit to Mick McCarthy and his team because they were prepared to sweat blood and got their reward."

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