Kevin Doyle has looked back with satisfaction and contentment after turning his impressive Championship form into goals.
The Republic of Ireland striker had previously netted only once for Wolves in 2012-13, in addition to a couple of entries on the score sheet for his country.
And, although he was disappointed not to have marked the occasion with a victory at home to Bolton Wanderers last night, he is relieved to have got his tally ticking over again.
“I don’t think I had been blatantly missing chances,” he said. “They had either been saved, hit the woodwork or been cleared off the line.
“I have enjoyed my football this season but it’s nice to have capped it off with some goals. Sako laid the ball just where I wanted it for the equaliser. It was a very good ball.
“We didn’t have a whole lot of chances, so it was good to score from the ones we did create. Bjorn Sigurdarson was maybe unlucky with his effort in the second half because it just went wide.
“It would have been better if the goals had brought a victory and we were disappointed to concede. But it was a very good finish (by Mark
Davies) and it happens in football.”
Manager Ståle Solbakken had insisted on Monday that he had no worries about the former Reading striker coming good in front of goal.
He predicted that his luck would soon change and is now looking on him – and Wolves – to take the better features of last night’s exciting
2-2 draw into Saturday’s home game with Charlton.
Doyle believes credit is due, though, to a Bolton side who had surprisingly struggled on their travels and who were in a state of flux amid speculation that Dougie Freedman was about to be appointed as their manager.
“We saw them play last week when they got a good result against Bristol City and they had their tails up and were very spirited,” he added.
“Maybe, with the change of manager, we caught them at the wrong time, but we still drew, so it’s not the end of the world. We did react very well, especially after getting beaten last weekend as well.
“We went a goal behind but we came back into it. When we reflect on it, a draw was a fair result.
“It seemed like a long second half. They were gambling a bit to get the equaliser and we were trying to hang on for the win. The crowd are nervous and we’re a bit nervous…..
“It feels like a defeat but we were 1-0 down after 20 minutes, so we would probably have settled for this.
“We have to realise it’s a good position to be in, sat just behind the top teams.”