Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Mick McCarthy has said he is not worried about pre-season results and is focused only on building fitness for the season ahead as they bid to ensure there are no more final day dramas.
McCarthy’s side have looked far from impressive in their opening two pre-season fixtures, losing 2-1 to Crewe Alexandra and narrowly beating Walsall 3-2. The Wolves boss, however, is only concerned about getting his players ready for the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League.
Wolves managed to stay in the top flight by the skin of their teeth last season with just one point separating them and Birmingham City. McCarthy is expecting another tough season and has devoted his focus to the games that matter.
Speaking to Wolves’ official website he said: "I don't think too many of us managers and coaches are fans of pre-season games - they are a means to an end. I am trying my best not to get too wrapped up in the games. You can get affected by outside influences and people telling you this isn't good or that isn't good.
"It's about getting them well prepared and raring to go and not picking up any injuries. The importance of them is just getting players ready for the start of the season. The players are just coming back - they are practising -and the importance is 13th of August and onwards."
The Wolves boss has also stated his delight at welcoming back Michael Kightly to the squad. The former England Under 21 international has suffered from a string of injuries that have kept him out of the squad for the best part of two seasons.
However, the midfielder looks to be regaining his fitness as he scored one of Wolves’ three goals in the game against Walsall.
On Kightly, McCarthy said: “It's great to have him back. It is probably one of the most important pre-seasons of his career having missed most of the last two years. He does look really fit and has got his enthusiasm having missed so long.”