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McCarthy delighted with Wolves' work-out at Dundee; COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP.

Byline: By Lisa Smith

Wolverhampton Wanderers' manager Mick McCarthy has praised his squad for their pre-season effort after their impressive 1-0 victory over Dundee on the first leg of their Scotland tour.

McCarthy said he was delighted with the win at Dens Park but even more delighted with the work his players had put in over the past week on the training field and in their pre-season friendlies so far including Friday night's friendly victory over Chasetown. The former Ireland boss said: "The players have been terrific both in the friendly games and on the training field. We spent most of the weekend travelling and when you don't do any real work on the day before a game you can feel a little bit lethargic.

"The pitch at Dundee was a typical preseason one - in good condition but dry and that was a test for us."

McCarthy's side sealed victory thanks to a single goal from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

He added: "Neither keeper had a lot to do and, while results in friendly games aren't the be-all and end-all, it was nice to get the win and keep a clean sheet as well.

"We could have have had a couple more goals as well but you don't want to risk pushing the players too hard at this stage. I am pleased with the way it is going overall."

McCarthy, who hopes to push his young side all the way to promotion from the Championship to the Barclays Premier League this season, was forced to leave Rob Edwards at home after the youngster picked up an injury in Friday night's match at Chasetown.

He said: "Rob took a knock on the ankle against Chasetown and he had only just recovered from an injury on that same joint.

"We felt it best for him to remain behind and get treatment at Compton Park." Wolves play Motherwell tomorrow evening and then Kilmarnock on Saturday in friendlies before they return home.

Rob Hulse has become Derby's 10th summer signing by manager Paul Jewell after completing his move from Championship rivals Sheffield United in a deal worth pounds 1.75million.

The 29-year-old former Crewe, West Bromwich Albion and Leeds striker has signed a three-year deal at Pride Park.

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