Wolves v Swansea
Saturday 22 October 2011, 12:45
Barclays Premier League
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is sweating on the fitness of top goalscorer Steven Fletcher who is still struggling with a calf injury, meaning Sylvain Ebanks-Blake could be in line for his first start of the season after recovering from a knee injury.
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers will be without the services of Steven Caulker who has been ruled out with a knee problem, meaning Vangelis Moras could make his debut after signing a short-term deal.
Long-term casualties Stephen Dobbie [ankle], Alan Tate [broken leg] and Kemy Agustien [hamstring] are all ruled out.
McCarthy aiming to stop the rot
After falling to five successive Barclays Premier League defeats, there have been suggestions in some corners that Wolves players are lacking motivation and have lost confidence in manager Mick McCarthy.
Currently sat in 16th place in the table with seven points from eight matches, the Molineux boss knows the importance of getting a result against Swansea this weekend, and is adamant he can orchestrate a turnaround of results for his team.
"People may say 'they don't try for the manager' or 'he's lost the dressing room'," he told the Birmingham Mail. "It's the old saying that you don't win arguments when you don't get results. I understand that.
"We haven't played the best football we've ever played - we've played okay but we keep getting beat."
The arrival of the Barclays Premier League new-boys is a perfect opportunity for Wolves to stop the rot, and McCarthy says he is determined to get a positive result.
"We've got Swansea coming here and it will be a very difficult game," he added. "It's certainly a game we mustn't lose. That would get us up and running and I'd take a clean sheet now.
"Everyone might think that's a negative way of looking at it but, no, it's all about building blocks and you've got to start somewhere.
"If we got a point, we'd move on from where we are and it would be an improvement."
Wolves [4-4-2]: Hennessey; Stearman, Ward, Johnson, Berra; Jarvis, Henry, O'Hara, Hammill; Doyle, Ebanks-Blake
Swansea [4-5-1]: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Taylor; Dyer, Britton, Allen, Routledge, Sinclair; Graham