Mick McCarthy defends his 10 changes for Wolves in FA Cup defeat

Mick McCarthy
McCarthy made 10 changes from the side that drew at Tottenham

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has defended his decision to make 10 changes for his side's 1-0 FA Cup defeat by Birmingham.

McCarthy fielded just one player from the team that drew at Tottenham last weekend, but insists the side he fielded was good enough to progress.

"I know the questions will be asked about the team and, if people want to point the finger at me, then so be it.

"But every single one of them were Premier League players," said McCarthy.

Wolves were hit with a £25,000 suspended fine in December 2010 when McCarthy made 10 changes for his side's trip to Manchester United.

The Premier League subsequently changed their rules on the issue, allowing managers to pick any combination of players from their 25-man squad.

"We have to move on from this defeat and the bigger picture now - and the more important game - is Villa on Saturday," said Wolves skipper Christophe Berra, the only player to keep his place from the Spurs game on Saturday.

"We'll come back having rested our legs and we'll be fresh, so I'm sure we'll get three points," he added. "If we win on Saturday, then the cup game will be forgotten about."