Matt Doherty admits he fancied taking the penalty ultimately converted by Bakary Sako to beat Shrewsbury on Saturday – because it was his header blocked on the line!
Doherty seemed set for his second goal of the season when getting his head to Sako’s corner, but handball from Jon Taylor, a decision backed up by video replays, denied him that opportunity.
It was Sako who then stepped up to slam home the spot kick to settle a tight and hotly-contested derby at Greenhous Meadow.
“I thought Danny (Batth) was going to head the corner but he didn’t so I got my head to it,” said Doherty.
“I caught it well and it was definitely handball and a penalty.
“I’d have quite liked to take the penalty myself after that!
“Sako took it on and said he’d take it so I’d say o-k – I’ve got plenty of confidence in him!
“Although I might claim an assist for it!
“To be honest I don’t care if I score as long as we win.”
And winning proved the all-important result on an afternoon when both sides created plenty of good chances, Shrewsbury particularly through Curtis Main not long before Sako’s penalty.
“It was probably one of the harder games we have had this season,” added Doherty.
“It was a local derby and Shrewsbury were always going to be ‘on it’.
“We found it hard in the first half and they had a few chances but we’ve got Carl Ikeme in the goal who stops most things.
“All in all it was a good 1-0 win but maybe they deserved a little bit out of the game.
“As defenders it is up to us to defend our goal and we’ve done that and kept a clean sheet.
“They probably missed one of the best chances of the whole season but it didn’t go in and keeping a clean sheet – you can’t really ask any more than that so we’re pretty happy.
“If that chance had gone in we’d have been chasing the game and they’ve got quick wingers and are quick up front so they’d have been on the counter attack and it would have been a completely different game.
“We’re just buzzing to have got the win after losing to Walsall, and are looking to go on another run and kick on again.”
The crowd on Saturday was a league record for Shrewsbury at Greenhous Meadow, and Graham Turner’s team could certainly have come out victorious if the game’s key moments had been played out differently.
Doherty knows Wolves are a scalp in Sky Bet League One given their recent Premier League history, and believes it is up to the players to overcome that expectation and challenge.
“We are finding that every team, maybe apart from Gillingham, have given us a really hard game,” he said.
“Maybe we didn’t expect teams to be as good as they were but it’s like it would be us in the Premier League going to the big teams when you seem to be able to raise your game.
“Teams seem to be playing their best games against us, whether it’s at Molineux or like Saturday when Shrewsbury had a much bigger crowd than normal.
“We just have to deal with that and so far we have done it quite well.
“We have seen Crawley, Walsall and Swindon all play better football than us to be honest but we are still winning games apart from the Walsall one.
“But while they are playing the better football more often than not we are getting the results and that is the main thing.”
Doherty continued: “We feel we can improve, we don’t feel we are playing well at all.
“We upped it in the second half on Saturday but in the first half we thought we were quite poor.
“We haven’t really been able to get going but we are winning games so can’t really complain too much.
“I am sure that will come as the season goes on and our performances will improve.
“You’d rather win games and not play well than play well and either lose or draw.
“We’re happy with the way things are going but it will help if we can play better!”