Roy Hodgson offers support to Wolves boss Mick McCarthy

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Hodgson praises 'outstanding' Long

West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson backed under-pressure Wolves manager Mick McCarthy after the Baggies emerged victorious in the Black Country derby.

Hodgson's side won a thrilling game 2-0, a result which means Wolves slip to 16th in the Premier League table following five straight league defeats.

McCarthy has come in for some heavy criticism because of that dismal run.

"I can't imagine for a minute that Wolves would want to sack Mick, he's done a terrific job," said Hodgson.

"If my team played as well as his today and lost, I think I'd be getting a pat on the back.

"I thought Wolves played quite well in the first half. They started the game quite brilliantly, they got the ball behind our full-backs on a regular basis and there was no shortage of defending for the back players to do.

"That contributes to the quality of the game because when we got the ball out we looked quite dangerous with the quality of our front players and the pace we have in our team."

West Brom's main threat at The Hawthorns came from Shane Long, who terrorised the visiting defence with a relentless display.

"Shane was outstanding," Hodgson added. "It's amazing his ability to hold the ball up and win balls in the air.

"It's his first season in the Premier League and I think he can be a very important player for us for many years to come.

"The pace he showed caused enormous problems and I thought that he and Somen Tchoyi were a constant thorn in the side of the Wolves defence."

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Mick McCarthy rues Wolves' poor finishing

McCarthy felt his side's lack of quality in the final third cost them dear and knows the pressure is mounting after a worrying slump in which they have picked up just one point from 18 since winning their opening two games of the season.

"The chances we had we have to do better with. We wasted them and it cost us," McCarthy lamented.

"We played OK but we conceded two and didn't score when we had chances. But we played well enough box to box.

"We can turn it around and it's getting to the stage where we have to. It's almost at that must-win stage so early on in the season."

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