Wolverhampton Wanderers Manager Mick McCarthy is urging his team to build on their fine start to the Premier League season by knocking Southend United out of the Carling Cup at Molineux on Tuesday evening.
With four points from their first two outings Wolves will be hot favourites to beat a Southend team that, despite beating Championship side Bristol City 3-2 in Round One of the Carling Cup, have collected only one point from three npower League 2 games.
The Shrimpers currently sit a massive 62 rungs below McCarthy's men on the country's League ladder - but, insists the Wolves boss, there will be no hint of complacency about his team as they look to progress into the third round.
"I know what happens in Carling Cup ties at this stage," said McCarthy. "You play a team who've had four or five games already, they're battle-hardened and they want to cause an upset - and it's important that doesn't happen.
"We've won one game, drawn one and on Saturday Newcastle are coming here, so we don't want to dampen the good feeling in the town towards the players and the club by having a bad performance against Southend - we want to win this game."
Wolves have twice lifted The League Cup, in 1974 and 1980, the latter occasion - when an Andy Gray goal gave them a 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest in the Wembley Final - being the club's last triumph in a major Cup competition.
In what is now their second season of Premier League football after winning the Championship, McCarthy's top priority is to maintain the club's top flight status. But he would love to enjoy a successful Carling Cup run.
"It would be great to win it," said the Manager. "We've not gone very far in the competition in recent years, but we certainly want to progress so we'll be going all out to win what could be a tough match against Southend."
McCarthy will hand debuts to two 19-year-olds, central defender Danny Batth - who enjoyed a good, season-long loan at Colchester United last term - and striker Sam Winnall, with the youngsters set to play in an otherwise experienced Wolves line-up.
"Danny and Sam were terrific in pre-season," said McCarthy, "and they're both ready for what I know will be good, competitive football. So we'll have a solid base of first team players with those two younger lads - and all of them will be totally motivated."
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