McCarthy delays celebrations

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy still refused to accept that his side were safe from the threat of relegation after a 1-1 home draw with Blackburn Rovers.

Wolves are now eight points clear of the drop zone and will be definitely safe if Burnley fail to beat Liverpool at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

McCarthy told his club's official website:"People can congratulate me on getting a point, but that's it for now. It's nearly there but not quite.

"Burnley have got to win three games starting with Liverpool and we've got to take nothing.

"But I'm still cautious because the last thing I'm going to do is get carried away and then Liverpool go there having travelled halfway around Europe and come back and get beat.

"That would make it all look different then and it's not done yet.

"I would love to be sat here smiling from ear to ear, but I'm going to have to remain the dull, straight-talking Yorkshireman that I get painted.

"It's not me to be like that, but it keeps my sanity. Let's hope we have secured it by Monday and I can take this mask off and enjoy myself.

"But I will avoid Burnley's game like the plague like I avoided the Hull game in midweek.

"I can't do anything to effect it and I go through enough emotions watching my own games. Why should I put myself through it with another one?

"I think I'll maybe have a walk somewhere – I'll do something and if Burnley don't win then just maybe I'll be raising a little glass to Liverpool."

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