McCarthy remains wary after Wolves beat West Brom
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is refusing to get carried away after a win over West Brom moved his side out of the Premier League drop zone with two games remaining.
With matches against Sunderland and Blackburn to go, the Molineux club are now a point ahead of Wigan and Blackpool and four clear of West Ham.
"It is pleasing and timely to be out of the bottom three," said McCarthy. "But I am still fully aware that there is work to be done."
A brace from Steven Fletcher and another from Adlene Guedioura put Wolves 3-0 up before Peter Odemwingie reduced the deficit from the penalty spot.
McCarthy had chosen to drop winger Matt Jarvis to the bench and replace him with Stephen Hunt for the game against the Baggies.
But the move paid off as Wolves recorded their first league win in six games with Hunt playing a key role in the first two goals.
"I could have left Jarvis in the team - the punters love him," said the Wolves boss.
"But he has played 30-odd times this season and has not been at his most effective in the last few games.
"It would have been easy to do nothing and pick the same team. It is part of the job to make tough decisions."
Fletcher's double took his tally to five goals in the last seven games, filling the void left by the Kevin Doyle, who was injured towards the end of March while playing for the Republic of Ireland.
"He [Fletcher] has scored some important goals and it is lovely to be proved right," McCarthy said of the £7m striker signed from Burnley.
"I spent millions. He was my first choice. That is why I went and got him in the summer before I went on my holidays.
"I thought it was the best piece of business I could have done.
"I think he has proved to be exactly what I thought he would be. He was delighted with his goals and I am thrilled with him."
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, blamed his side's defeat on their failure to defend set pieces.
"If you concede two goals in the first half from corners and concede a third from an unfortunate error, you've got a mountain to climb," he said.
"I thought we tried to climb it and dominated the second half, showed great fighting spirit, but it was from a nil-three position against a team who need the points.
"They were going to do their level best to defend against us."