Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has insisted he had no doubt his side would retain their Premier League status this term, despite murmurs of discontent from outside the Molineux club.
With four games of the campaign to go, McCarthy has almost guided the Midlands outfit to safety as they sit a healthy six points from the bottom three and he believes the never-say-die attitude from his players has paid dividends.
Speaking to reporters, he said:"It's amazing how many happy faces there are around because we are six points clear of the bottom three at this moment.
"But when we were in the bottom three did you detect any anxiety from me? I don't think so. I tried to stay calm and said 'let's see how many points we end up with'.
"When we lost to Birmingham at home, I was still full of belief and convinced we'd get the points to stay up. I didn't like certain comments I heard about us that were floating around, that we just work hard and run about, as if that is what you get from teams who are promoted.
"I would like to think that what people think of us is slightly different in that we do pass the ball around and do more than compete.
"If you allow outside influences to affect your thinking, then you will suffer, but within these walls there was a calm and self confidence that we can stay in this league – although we have still got work to do."