Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats' Boss Hails Young Star Elliott

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats' Boss Hails Young Star Elliott

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Mick McCarthy last night insisted Wolverhampton Wanderers would be sick of the sight of Stephen Elliott after the young striker hit another wonder strike to help Sunderland to a battling draw.

Elliott's 13th goal of the season gave the Black Cats an early lead and, although McCarthy's men could not hang on to their advantage, they dug deep to secure what could be a valuable point in their pursuit of promotion.

And, while the Wearsiders remain outside of the automatic promotion places, their manager admitted he was relieved to have avoided defeat in a fixture which, on paper at least, represented one of their toughest tests between now and May.

"Wolves must be sick to death of Stephen Elliott because he scored a wonderful goal against them up at our place as well," said McCarthy after his 100th game in charge of the side ended in stalemate.

"If anything that was an even better strike, but he has scored another great goal for us. I didn't think he started the game that well, but when he has got the ability he has he is always capable of doing something like that. He has pulled a goal out of the locker, but it doesn't surprise us any more. He is a great prospect and we're very happy with him."

Sunderland's lead lasted less than a minute, Thomas Myhre misjudging a cross and allowing Seol Ki-Hyeon to equalise with a simple header. McCarthy was philosophical about his goalkeeper's mistake, although he admitted it allowed Wolves to regain a foothold in the game.

He said: "I would have liked to have held on to the 1-0 lead for a while and seen how they handled the pressure of their fans on their back, but it wasn't to be.

"They were level again a minute later. Thomas Myhre has made a mistake, but he has been superb for us this season. He has tried to come and claim the ball and missed it, but it's just one of those things." Sunderland had the chances to win the game ( not least a late opportunity spurned by Dean Whitehead ( but, particularly in the second half, were also forced to repel a constant tide of Wolves pressure. And McCarthy added: "I'll take the point. …

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