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McCarthy: Wolves aren't safe yet

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Wolves boss Mick McCarthy insisted the Molineux side were not safe yet despite Sylvan Ebanks-Blake salvaging a point against Blackburn with a late equaliser at Molineux.

Hundreds of Wolves fans invaded the pitch at the final whistle to celebrate, but McCarthy is aware his side still need Burnley to fail to beat Liverpool on Sunday before top flight survival is guaranteed for another season.

McCarthy said: "You can congratulate me on getting a point by all means but that is all for now. I can understand the fans' reaction. I guess it was understandable. We all know the maths. Burnley have got to win their last three games and we've got to get nothing from our last two matches. But I'm still not getting carried away."

He added: "Liverpool have been half-way around the world, or so it will seem after the travelling they have done this week, and if they lose at Burnley it will still not be settled.

"We aren't safe yet. Until then I will continue to be the straight-talking Yorkshireman I get portrayed as. If we stay up, I will be the complete opposite."

Ebanks-Blake scored his first Premier League goal in open play with 10 minutes remaining, just 60 seconds after coming on as a substitute.

But, although McCarthy was happy to praise the striker, he was also quick to highlight the team effort which has taken Wolves to the brink of survival.

He said: "It was nice for him to score. He has been upset through not scoring goals and not playing as much as he would have wanted.

"I am thrilled for him and his goal has got us a point. But let's not forget the other points everyone has helped to graft out during the season when enjoying a moment of euphoria for Sylvan."

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce said: "From our point of view I thought it was a game we should have won. We had enough chances but failed to finish them off. In this league every position is worth £750,000 and that is like a good down payment on a decent player."

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