McCarthy shocked by fine start

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Wolves manager Mick McCarthy admitted it was a shock for his side to take an early lead after seeing them hold on for a 2-1 win at Cardiff which extended their advantage at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship to four points over Birmingham.

McCarthy's men took the lead in the fourth minute when Chris Iwelumo took advantage of a slip by Roger Johnson and they doubled their advantage four minutes later when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake beat the offside trap before sliding the ball home.

McCarthy admitted: "I was shocked by our start and it is a pleasant change as usually we find ourselves a goal down. It was a very tough game and I bet (Cardiff boss) Dave Jones is fuming at the two goals his defence has let in."

Cardiff battled away deservedly pulled a goal back when Ross McCormack finished off a move down the left involving Paul Parry and Miguel Comminges.

Comminges was on the field for the injured Jay Bothroyd and early in the second half Cardiff were hit by the withdrawal of McCormack who had to limp off the field.

McCarthy continued: "My two centre-backs, Richard Stearman and Michael Mancienne, were immense at the back and while we didn't sit back and defend after going ahead we still had plenty to do.

"Up front we probably have the best strike force in the Championship and they are scoring goals regularly."

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Roger Johnson
Ross McCormack
Chris Iwelumo
Paul Parry
Cardiff City
Michael Mancienne
Miguel Comminges
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
Richard Stearman
Jay Bothroyd

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