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'Not Good Enough'

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09:00 26th February 2013

Doherty on the relegation struggle

Matt Doherty was honest in his appraisal of Wolves' latest defeat against Cardiff, and admitted that the team is running out of time to drag themselves away from the bottom of the nPower Championship.
Two headers from Fraizer Campbell gave the league leaders all three points at Molineux on Sunday, after Wolves failed to build on a lifeline given to them by Bakary Sako's deflected free-kick.
The result kept Wolves in the league's bottom three, with young full-back Doherty admitting after the game that the situation is becoming desperate.
"We know it's not good enough," he said. "With the players that we have here, for a club of this size, we shouldn't be where we are now.
"We just have to do anything to break this sequence of results. We need to look at ourselves and we need to figure something out to change our fortunes.
"It's not going for us at the moment - hopefully it'll turn around in the next game. We do need to do something because the situation is getting worse."
Doherty was named as part of a back five to start the game against the Welshmen as manager Dean Saunders attempted to nullify the threat of the table toppers.
Wolves then reverted back to 4-4-2 in the second half - a formation that posed more problems to the Cardiff back line as Saunders' side tried in vain to salvage something from the fixture.
Doherty explained: "We tried to play against their formation in the first half - they were 1-0 up at half time but hadn't created a huge amount of chances.
"We then changed it at half time but we just didn't take our chances when they came. We've got Watford on Friday and although we know they play good football, if we play like we did in the second half against Cardiff, we can match them."
The game represented a first league start in Wolves colours for Irishman Doherty, whose only previous league action for the club came in the form of a second half cameo in the Premier League against Liverpool at Anfield 18 months ago.
Since joining the club from Irish side Bohemians, the 21 year-old has also spent time on loan at both Hibernian and Bury, and was pleased to be rewarded for his patience with a starting berth at Molineux on Sunday.
"I think I've done well enough in training," he said. "To be thrown in for such a big game was a bit of a surprise, but I've been pushing in training games and I've been patient for the last couple of seasons and hopefully now I'm in, I can stay in.
"I have confidence in myself - I've come back from a loan spell and I've had to wait, but now the gaffer has given me my chance and I hope to take it."
Doherty continued: "I got kicked in the calf and it cramped up a bit, which is why I had to come off, but I feel fine now and I hope to play again on Friday.
"I'll respect whatever decision the manager makes - he's shown he's not afraid to give the younger players a chance and I just hope I can continue in the side on Friday and for the remainder of the season."
 





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