McCarthy's power of recall silences critics

 

Premier League round-up: Wolvesboss Mick McCarthy had the last laugh as his recalled first-choice players overcame Burnley2-0 thanks to goals from Nenad Milijas and Kevin Doyle to move out of the Premier League bottom three.

McCarthy had come in for heavy criticism after fielding a virtual reserve team at Manchester United in midweek to ensure his players were fresh to face the Clarets.

But any anger among the Wolves fans over that move was forgotten as Milijas and Republic of Ireland striker Doyle secured a third win in four matches for the midlands club.

It moved them level on 19 points with Burnley who have now gone seven games without a win.

Wolves were well worth their win with record signing Doyle leading the Wolves attack effectively, scoring his fifth goal of the campaign and creating the other for Milijas.

There were encouraging signs that his partnership with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is beginning to flourish and the ex-Plymouth player deserved a goal for his efforts after his best performance of the season.

Burnley looked suspect at the back and have now conceded 29 goals away from Turf Moor this season, although they always looked a threat on the break with Chris Eagles posing their main danger.

Birmingham’sfive-match winning streak came to an end at Goodison Park as they were outplayed by Evertonin a 1-1 draw.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s sixth-minute goal was all the hosts had to show for their early dominance and they were caught cold when Sebastian Larsson equalised with Birmingham’s first shot of the match midway through the first half.

Everton continued to control the game after the interval but never really threatened to add a second.