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OUR MAN AT WOLVES from England duty next week in a brand new Hummer with 50 Cent's 'Power of a Dollar' blaring from his pounds 7,200 JackHammer 12,000 watt 24" subwoofers.

If he is wearing diamond studded ear-rings, if there is a page three model on the passenger seat and if his agent is on the telephone demanding Wolves lay on a private jet for Saturday's game at St James' Park... then Mick McCarthy might have a few problems.

Otherwise, it's feet on the floor and eyes fully focused on what should be a victorious run-in.

A year ago a haul of 32 points from 30 games would have seen Wolves eight points clear of the drop zone. But there they are.

As Gerry Rafferty might have sang: 'Stuck in the muddle with Blues.' First is a trip to the North-East against a team who have two players in the doghouse and who aren't Aston Villa.

On the face of it Newcastle appears a realistic chance of three points and a first win at the Magpies since a Steve Bull-inspired success almost 20 years ago in a season where Graham Turner's Wolves huffed and puffed but ultimately failed to get into the big time and Osvaldo Ardiles' Newcastle almost sank into the third tier.

First the good news: Newcastle are without the suspended lynchpin Cheik Tiote. Then the better news: Stephen Ireland might make his debut.

Can Joey Barton keep his fists to himself when he comes face-to-face with August nemesis Karl Henry? Expect fireworks and an away win.

Everton's visit to Molineux is that rarity of a fixture where Wolves don't have three decades of history against them.

Henri Camara and Karl Cort got the goals seven years ago but the last three clashes have been draws and expect the same with David Moyes' side much improved.

Wolves threw a point away against Fulham in September but they can go one better this time before heading to Blues, who were outclassed at Molineux in December and are poor again.

Stoke are so ugly at times that they have to creep up on a glass to get a drink.

This rearranged mid-weeker is no different. Elbows smash into noses, arms go flailing, hoofs rocket up the middle but Wolves should come away with a point.

I fancy Wolves to get their first league win at St Andrew's in a decade and sail past 40 points.

A wag over the tannoy dusts down a copy of The Liquidator for the Black Country derby and plays it full blast from 12 noon until kickoff but it's a cagey game and the teams look likely to share the points.

I don't think they will get anything at Sunderland but Blackburn are in freefall and I fancy a comfortable win for Wolves to finish off the season in style.



Focused: Mick McCarthy can steer Wolves to a victorious run-in when the season gets underway again after the international break.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Mar 26, 2011
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