Matt Doherty has highlighted the perfect blend of youth and experience behind Wolves successful launchpad this season – after acknowledging it was important to bring back the good times.
Doherty was one of the success stories of the second half of last season despite Wolves’ second consecutive relegation, landing his first sustained run in the side and responding to positive effect.
He started this season equally well until picking up a hamstring injury, but has been pleased to see some fellow burgeoning talents also step up and make the grade as Wolves have taken 43 points from the first 18 games.
“Things have gone well since the summer,” says Doherty.
“It could have gone the other way and been a mess which might have taken six months or so to put right.
“All the young lads who have come in to play have been buzzing to be involved because a lot of them were never close to it under previous managers.
“As you go down the leagues there are more opportunities for younger players particularly as others leave.
“I don’t think any of the lads that have come up to the team this season have looked out of place.
“There is a good blend now.
“Someone told me this week that I was the youngest player on the pitch for Wolves on Saturday which was quite surprising.
“Even on the bench we’ve got some experience and not just young players – we’ve quite a good bench.
“And this season is feels a lot better.
“I know it’s League One and we shouldn’t really be here but we still have to get results.
“Teams are coming to play us and producing their best games but it feels good to be up at the top of the league and be part of a team that everyone wants to beat.
“But we know it’s not really where we should be or where we want to be come next season.”
Doherty returned from injury for last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Brentford before stepping down for Tuesday’s win against Tranmere having played his first game in a month.
Part of a group of defenders who have seen Wolves’ post the best ‘goals against’ record in Sky Bet League One, he will be hoping to be back in the mix for tomorrow’s trip to Peterborough (3pm) having come through a frustrating time.
“It was frustrating to miss the games for Wolves but also the Republic of Ireland Under-21 internationals because they were quite important for me as well,” he added.
“We needed to win both of the games to have a chance of qualifying and that did hurt me.
“It was a tough one because I was fit but just not quite completely there – almost there – but not completely right.
“And I never want to miss any Wolves games because you don’t know if you’re going to get back in.
“I was quite fortunate to get back in straightaway but you can never be sure.”
*Wolves have sold out of their allocation for Peterborough and fans without tickets are urged not to travel to the stadium.