Mick McCarthy has revealed that Danny Murphy has apologised to him for his controversial remarks last season, when the midfielder named Wolverhampton Wanderers as one of three clubs whose players are sent out "so pumped up there is inevitably going to be problems".
The Fulham captain made his comments last October, a month after Bobby Zamora suffered a broken leg in a challenge with Karl Henry at Craven Cottage. Although Henry was absolved of any blame for Zamora's injury, Wolves picked up a reputation for being overly physical and Murphy's criticism only served to pour fuel on the fire.
McCarthy, however, said there is no reason for any ill-feeling to linger ahead of Sunday's meeting at Molineux. "I've had an apology off Danny Murphy since, before the game last time, so there's no agenda there," the Wolves manager said. "I think he's a good player. I like Danny Murphy and I always have, and he apologised for his comments."
Henry described Murphy as a "bit of a big mouth" after the 1-1 draw at Molineux in April and accused the midfielder of making remarks that "changed the public perception of us". McCarthy, though, refuses to hold anyone at Fulham responsible, believing instead that people at other clubs were to blame for Wolves being "wrongly labelled".
"I don't think it was anything to do with Fulham in general," he said. "That was fuelled by the Newcastle game here [the weekend before, when Match of the Day showed footage of Henry and Joey Barton clashing], and then of course poor old Bobby Zamora gets a broken leg. And, as we all know, it was a good tackle. Danny Murphy said to me afterwards: 'It was a good tackle, no problem.'
"What I felt a little bit annoyed about is that a lot of other people ran with that [idea that Wolves were too physical], whether it be other teams, players, coaches, managers, fans – they were using it and it did affect us. We had a spell where we didn't put a tackle in because I thought we were scared of getting booked. And we had a spell where I know referees thought we had a bit of reputation and they were going to sort us out.
"We were wrongly labelled and it was a bit unjust but it was nothing to do with Fulham at all. It was a general thing that went through the league and people were using it to try and glean an advantage."
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