MICK McCARTHY admits Wolves will be underdogs whatever side Manchester City field in tonight's Carling Cup tie as he faces his own fans for the first time since branding them "mindless idiots".
McCarthy launched his attack on the section of Wolves followers who called for him to be sacked when trailing 2-0 at home to Swansea on Saturday. The hosts recovered to draw 2-2.
Now he will attempt to pull off a major upset by overcoming City who won 6-1 against Manchester United on Sunday to move five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
He said: "We're an underdog, there's no question about that. Will (we) be facing the billion-dollar team or the trillion-dollar team?
"Is it the all-star team or the triple all-star team? (Pablo) Zabaleta, (Aleksandar) Kolarov, (Nigel) De Jong, (Kolo) Toure, (Edin) Dzeko, (Samir) Nasri and (Adam) Johnson didn't start (against United).
"It's a good game for us. But we can win it and we can progress in the Carling Cup."
McCarthy admits he is excited by City's style of attacking play.
He said: "They didn't use to (excite me). Last season they didn't. I thought they shut up shop and were pragmatic. But they're a far different outfit this year, far more attacking. They open teams up and pull teams about. They can do some damage and they're becoming an exciting team to watch."
McCarthy also rubbishes the theory that the reaction of the Wolves fans was a contributory factor to their late revival against the Swans.
He was jeered when making substitutions at 2-0 down, but his side then fought back to earn a point.
He said: "Let me clear something up. It (the criticism) doesn't help.
"Let's not give any credit to the dissenting voices, the mindless idiots that do it. It is destructive and no good to me or anyone else."