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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 4, 2011

McCarthy ready to support Zubar

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has said Ronald Zubar will start against Manchester United this weekend, despite committing an horrendous injury-time error that cost his team the match at Bolton in midweek.

Zubar tried to play the ball back to goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in the 93rd minute, but the pass was intercepted by Daniel Sturridge, who coolly slid the ball into the net.

The goal left McCarthy furious, especially as his team had deserved a point for their overall display.

However, McCarthy confirmed that Zubar has responded well in training, and will not pay for his mistake by losing his place in the starting 11, even if the idea did cross the former Sunderland boss's mind

"I did have thoughts about it," he said. "I had a conversation with him today, but he's been terrific for us. He is okay, I'm certain he is having chatted to him. I've got to support him, that's the other side of it.

"I wanted to kill him on Wednesday night, but he's one of my players and he puts in a shift.''

McCarthy was quick to remove the finger of blame from over Zubar, stating that everyone involved with the team has off days.

He said: "Do you think he's the only one who's made a mistake? I don't think so. There's only one bloke that's never made a mistake and we know what happened to him.

"We're all fallible aren't we? We're all liable to make a mistake at some stage, and what do you do then? Just cast him out to one side and that's him done?

"We'll support him and try and get the best out of him because in doing that I believe I will get the best out of him."

McCarthy said he has resisted the temptation to take Zubar out of the firing line, even though he has a ready-made replacement in Kevin Foley.

He said: "It's easy when someone just makes a mistake and it's glaringly obvious, to leave them out of the side, but if I did that every time, I'd be chopping and changing my team on a regular basis.

"There has to be a level of support from the manager for his players. When they've had a tough time, you put an arm around them and say 'come on, let's get back to where you were'. I think that's what I have to do.

"Individual errors have cost us. Tactical errors as well, sometimes, I'm certain."

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