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Doyle Wanting More


09:22 5th October 2012

Striker keen to add goals to game

Kevin Doyle today prepared for the tough test at Blackburn aiming to hit the goal trail to back up his impressive performance this season.

Doyle has started the season at the top of his game but without yet the reward of many goals, but admits he is enjoying his football as Wolves head into a new era under boss Ståle Solbakken.

He has hit the woodwork on several occasions in trying to add to his goal against Derby, but is looking for more, starting at Ewood Park tomorrow (3pm).

“I’m enjoying it, definitely,” he says.

“It’s up to other people to judge on how well I’m playing but I think that we have all been enjoying the winning feeling again.

“It makes it easier for everyone to play well.

“We have had clean sheets and everyone seems to be gelling.

“Obviously we are playing in the Championship and not the Premier League which makes things a little bit easier.

“But, on the other hand, it’s still difficult.

“This is a more even League whereas the top players in the Premier League will punish you. 

"I’d like to have scored some more goals – I seem to be hitting the post and crossbar a lot recently but hopefully the goals will come in the length of the season.”

Doyle his the crossbar most recently against Crystal Palace on Tuesday, when a goal would have put Wolves 2-0 ahead in a game they eventually lost 2-1.

The Republic of Ireland frontman believes it was an undeserved defeat against the Eagles, which brought an end to Wolves’ run of four successive victories.

“Anyone who was there watching will know that we didn’t deserve to lose,” he says.

“Although the goals were good individual efforts, the first one was offside and he looked like he controlled the ball with his arm before scoring the second. Even so it was a good finish.

“The majority of chances in the game fell to us but that’s the way it is sometimes.

“It’s a long season and I’m sure there will be games where we don’t have many chances and nick wins.

“It would have been nice to keep the undefeated run going but I suppose it has to end sometime.

“If my shot that hit the bar had gone in, then I think it would have been ‘game over’.

“But, unfortunately, it didn’t. I was leaning back a bit – if I’d have shanked it, it would probably have gone in. The ball came at me pretty quickly after Sako’s shot had deflected off a defender.”

The Palace game did once again show the change in style brought about by Solbakken’s arrival, with Wolves keeping more possession and aiming to choose their attacks carefully in order to break down stubborn opponents.

Doyle adds:  “Maybe everyone has to be more patient with the build-up, and getting used to it as individuals as well.

“We are a bit more patient on the ball now and less eager to get forward at every single opportunity.

“We certainly seem to have more possession than the other teams and in all the games we have played we have seemed to control reasonably well apart from a couple where we have struggled a bit in the last 20 minutes when we’ve got a bit nervous at only being one up.

“Against Crystal Palace I think we had more chances, more possession and more play in the game but, as we found out to our cost, it doesn’t mean that you are going to win the game.

“But everyone is starting to get used to it (Ståle’s system) as everyone has different jobs and patterns than they used to.

“But I think that we’ve done very well in a short space of time to be in the position that we are.”

Next up then is Blackburn, sixth travelling to fifth with both teams on 16 points.

Doyle is not surprised by the lack of distance between the two given they have been fairly similar in performance in recent times.

“They have just lost their manager but they have been doing well in the Championship,” he says.

“They are a good team with good players.

“We have played them plenty of times and they have followed a similar pattern to Wolves over the last two or three years.

“We both survived on the last day two years ago and then we both got relegated and now we are fighting in ten top section of this league and I think their mid set will be very similar to ours.

“Hopefully, we can start on another winning run on Saturday.”


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