WOLVES boss Mick McCarthy saw his 50th birthday celebrations ruined by Chris Coleman's determined Coventry City side but insisted his young team were not bottling their promotion challenge or suffering from a lack of experience.
McCarthy's young guns slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the Ricoh Arena - and there was further disappointment for the manager as as top striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake missing a last-gasp penalty which would have given his side a point.
He said: "I said to the players before they spoke to the press that they would be asked questions like 'are they bottling it?', 'are they too young?' 'are they too inexperienced?'
"I don't think that's the case. I think we played well in the game.
"The chances that we gave away weren't because we were nervous - maybe they were because of some poor decisions and not defending as well as we should.
"But I don't think it is a case that we are bottling it.
"I know people would love to level that against us, but I don't think that is so."
McCarthy said he was still convinced his team had the ability to steer themselves towards promotion, suggesting that their recent blip had corresponded with the teams around them failing to capitalise on their chances.
He said: "I believe we have all the ability and the determination - all of those adjectives - to get ourselves out of it.
"I don't believe the performances have been poor but errors have cost us dearly, that's for sure."