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Doherty Up For Battle


09:10 11th March 2013

Defender grabs first Wolves goal

Matt Doherty today declared that the players will continue to battle to ensure Wolves avoid relegation from the npower Championship – and praised the continuing support of the club’s fans.

The Irish full back notched his first goal for Wolves in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest and has settled in well having been given his first regular senior chance under boss Dean Saunders.

His own personal happiness in that goal, and his run in the team, has however been masked by the defeat which came after Wolves had picked up four points from the previous two games.

Doherty was however buoyed by the support of almost 2,300 Wolves fans at the City Ground and believes that level of backing will have a big influence over the remainder of the campaign.

“We are very disappointed,” said the 21-year-old.

“We got back into the game and thought we could go on and win it from there.

“We were playing well at the time and thought there would only be one winner.

“But to concede straight after we scored came as such a big time and then they got a third on the break when we were pushing forward.

“Then it becomes a bit of a case of ‘here we go again’ and having Wardy sent off meant it went from bad to worse.

“We’re just gutted to lose the game.

“Everyone in the dressing room thought we would come in after Tuesday’s win and give a good performance which we did but also win the game which we didn’t.

“I think we deserved to get something out of it.

“Maybe I’m a bit biased but we were pushing forward and we could have got something at the end when we were 2-1 down.”

Doherty continued:  ““We give everything that we can in these games.


“I think that showed on Saturday with us getting back in the game and fighting into the last minutes to get something out of it.

“The fans have been great supporting us and the amount of people there today for an away game in the Championship was fabulous.

“If they can keep that going then I am sure we will be fine and we will get out of it.”

Doherty has reaped the rewards of a loan spell with Bury earlier in the season as well as a couple of years progress with Wolves’ Development and first team squads.

And his goal came having previously notched three for Bury and two on a loan spell with Hibernian last season.

“It was my first goal for Wolves but conceding so quickly meant I didn’t really get chance to enjoy it and we didn’t get the chance to hold onto it,” he added.

“I’m loving being in the team.

“In the first few games I was feeling a bit of cramp towards the end but that has gone once I have got more used to it.

“I’m really enjoying it and would like it to continue.

“I’ve played games out on loan and that helped my confidence.

“Reserve games are always a bit different but when you are playing for someone’s first team it feels more competitive.

“I learned a lot at Bury and loved every second of my time there.”

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