According to today's Yorkshire Post; Mick McCarthy believes his own experience in winning promotion with Barnsley as a young player means his Wolves side will not feel the pressure against his former club today.

The Molineux club top the Championship with an impressive haul of 50 points from 22 games and enjoy a seven-point advantage over third-placed Reading.

Such a lofty position usually brings added pressure to a side but McCarthy, who won promotion with the Tykes from the old Third Division in 1981, is adamant the youthful nature of his squad means they are not feeling the strain ahead of today's meeting with Barnsley.

The Wolves manager said: "Maybe they don't know how they are expected to feel. I remember being promoted with Barnsley in the Eighties. I was 23 and if someone asked me about pressure, I would have said they were barmy.

"It was only afterwards that I thought 'thank God for that'."

Barnsley seem set for a searching test of their own credentials today against a side who have been beaten just once at home all season.

They can, however, seek comfort from their display at Swansea City on Tuesday night when only a stoppage-time equaliser by Jason Scotland prevented Barnsley from inflicting what would have been only the home side's second defeat of the season at the Liberty Stadium.
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