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Doyle Calls For Positivity


09:00 26th April 2013

Stand-in skipper ahead of huge game

Kevin Doyle has acknowledged that Molineux will be a nervy place tomorrow, but has urged all associated with the club to be as positive an influence as possible as Wolves face up to their penultimate league game of the season.

Dean Saunders' side take on Burnley at Molineux, desperate for a positive result that will keep alive hopes of nPower Championship survival.

With a tough trip to Brighton looming on the final day of the campaign, the clash with the Clarets is set to be vital as Wolves attempt to escape the bottom three and a second successive relegation.

"It's hard not to be nervous," Doyle admits. "In the last couple of months, we've thought that we have had plenty of games to get out of it, but it's got to the stage now where it's extremely nerve-wracking with only two games to go.

"To be fair, we've done alright in the last month or so and got some decent results, but everyone else has too and we've not been able to get ourselves out of it.

"Obviously we understand the frustration of the fans - we're frustrated as well - but everyone's just got to be as positive as they can be over these last two games." 

He adds: "After the final whistle, if things haven't gone our way, the fans have got the right to express their frustration and disappointment as much as they want, but for the ninety minutes we need them to try and be as positive an influence as they possibly can."

Doyle was part of the Wolves squad that spent three seasons in the Premier League, and has chalked up over 50 caps for the Republic of Ireland during a career which has included over 100 senior goals for club and country.

However, he says that tomorrow's game will bring with it a different kind of pressure for a squad that only last season were facing up to the challenges of the Premier League.

"We've all played in big games, but this is big in a different way, because we've got to stay in the division," the striker says.

"It's hard to believe we're even saying that, but that's the position we're in. No-one at the club - players, management or staff - wants another relegation on their CV. 

"It's disappointing to get relegated from any division, but getting relegated from the Championship isn't something anyone's going to look back on with pride in years to come."

Despite Wolves being unable to lift themselves out of danger at the foot of the table, Doyle has hit a purple patch in terms of goalscoring in recent weeks, scoring four times in the last seven games - including the winning goals in each of Wolves' last three home victories.

That upturn in personal fortunes has coincided with the Irishman being made captain of the side, but Doyle says he is taking little satisfaction from his own form as his club continue their desperate scrap for survival.

"I would be delighted if I was scoring and we were at the other end of the table," he says. "I would have preferred us to win every game last month and for me not to have been involved at all, if it meant us getting out of trouble.

"Personal form isn't anything to be proud of given the position we find ourselves in."

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