Stoke have a low pass completion ratio and also low possession statistics, figures which have invited criticism, not least from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has previously accused Stoke of playing rugby rather than football. However, McCarthy has revealed he is a big admirer of Stoke's style of play, which has seen them consolidate their position in the Premier League, as well as progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League. McCarthy's team play host to the Potters on Saturday and the Wolves boss is an admirer of their opponents. "They make the best of everything they've got," he said. "I admire and respect them for it. I think they've got some good players, actually. Why should anybody think they're going to make it easy for you? "They play to their strengths. I was loving it at the game against Tottenham on Sunday, when the fans were singing 'we're Stoke, we'll play how we want'. "I thought that was fantastic. I love that bloody-mindedness. And then they were singing 'two-nil to the rugby team' and 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'. It was class, I loved it." And McCarthy believes success is not defined by your footballing philosophy, but by the results you achieve. "Isn't it funny, everybody's so arrogant about how you should play," he said. "You win football matches, that's how you're a success. There's so many different ways of doing it, and I don't think there's a right way or a wrong way. "The right way is winning, and getting the best out of your team. Tony (Pulis) does it all the time, and I'm a huge admirer of him for it." McCarthy also revealed that he has started the search for reinforcements in the January transfer window. "We're having a look, yes, of course," he said. "We only signed one player (Roger Johnson) in the summer. Jamie (O'Hara) had been here since Christmas. "It would be nice to freshen it up and change things around, if you can. "That's not always possible, but we are looking." However, McCarthy added that the paucity of quality, available players on the market means that every potential signing will also be on his rivals' radar. "I think you'll find we're all looking in the same pool," he said. "Who's going to end up with them? Only time will tell."