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Long Way To Go

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09:00 22nd October 2013

Doherty pleased with season start

League ever-present Matt Doherty believes Wolves just need to stay focused and set for the long haul this season as they aim to rein in early pacesetters Leyton Orient and Peterborough.

The top two kick off tonight’s programme in Sky Bet League One with a decent cushion over Wolves, but the Molineux Men have a game in hand as well as what would otherwise be classed as an excellent return of 26 points from 11 games.

And that is why Doherty insists Wolves must continue to concentrate purely on their own business and collecting enough points to keep themselves in the hunt.

“We’ve had a great start in terms of points and know we’ve just got to stay in there and try and catch the top two who have been flying,” he says.

“I think we’re fine where we are and if we were in any other division we’d probably be top of the league.

“It shows the competition in League One and how keen people are to try and get promoted and certainly at least give it a good shot.

“There is probably the chance for us to try and build up a gap between the top three and the rest and we’ve also got a game in hand as well.

“We’ve just got to keep calm and focused and concentrating on what we’re doing because if we keep up with these sort of results we will certainly be up there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

“I was part of a Bury team which won at Oldham last season.

“I’m sure they’ll be certainly be up for playing at Molineux and they will try and play some football.

“It is up to us to play as well as we know we can and if we can do that then we have a good chance of taking the points.”

Doherty shared the general disappointment around Molineux as Wolves were denied a solid and hard-fought win against Coventry on Saturday by a well-struck late equaliser.

He added:  “I think it was a solid performance on Saturday and nothing spectacular.

“I don’t think the conditions helped in the second half but we didn’t really look like conceding until their goal.

“It was a good strike and you can’t really do anything about someone hitting it as well as that – if we’d scored a goal like that we would have been buzzing.

“And in the end a draw was probably a fair result.

“It does feel like a defeat when you lose a lead so late in the game and you could see how much it meant to Coventry and their fans to come away with a draw.

“Without the penalty Coventry will be right up there and they are a good team who I think will give Leyton Orient a run for their money tonight.

“A point is a point and it is still early in the season with over 30 games and over 90 points to play for and what we got on Saturday could end up being crucial.

“We had a look at the game on Sunday and after that you have to move on and we quickly turned our attentions to tonight’s game.”

Such has been Doherty’s emergence into the Wolves right back position it is difficult to remember that it was only in late February that he made his first league start for the club.

The 21-year-old has played his part in an excellent start to the season for the Wolves defence, but admits he is only ever happy with a performance when he has contributed at both ends of the pitch.

“I’ve managed to play in all of the league games so far and infact me and Danny have played in every game except for the Notts County cup tie,” he adds.

“It’s good to be highly thought of by the manager to be playing every week and he has the faith to put you out there even if sometimes you have been struggling a bit for fitness in the build-up.

“I am pleased that he trusts me to do that.

“We’ve got a good defensive record and haven’t conceded in the first half of any game which is down to the whole team and Carl who has been like a rock in goal.

“It’s natural for myself and Scott (Golbourne) to go forward in a game so it’s not like we are thinking defensively.

“If I don’t feel that I’ve got forward in a game, however I have done defensively, then I don’t really feel I have fully contributed.

“I think there are certainly two parts to a full back’s game these days and there aren’t many spaces for defensive full backs anymore.

“I’m pleased to have kept my place in the team since I was brought in earlier in the year.

“Dean Saunders gave me my chance which I hadn’t had until he arrived and I have to thank him for having the belief in me.

“I’ve stayed in since and I think I’ve performed o-k and I’m pleased that the gaffer now also likes the way I play.

“It’s up to me now to keep my standards high and keep my place in the team.”

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