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Tighten Up!


09:15 15th April 2013

Doherty ready for Hull test

Matt Doherty today called for Wolves to tighten up defensively over the remaining four games of the season if they are to make the most of their attacking intent.

Wolves run of good form prior to two successive defeats has come in high-scoring contests, and the team have conceded 13 goals in the last six games, most recently three against Huddersfield at Molineux on Saturday.

Doherty knows there needs to be an improvement in that area, in particular when promotion-chasing Hull arrive at Molineux tomorrow (7.45pm).

“We are conceding a lot of goals and as defenders it is our jobs to keep them out,” he said.

“If we are not doing that then we have to look at it as our fault.

“We need to be tighter and defend for our lives because there are not many games left now.

“What happened against Huddersfield has happened to us all season with playing well and then things going wrong.

“We are trying to stop it but we need to do it.

“We are doing everything we can in our preparation to try and prevent it happening but things haven’t been going our way.

“It might be an easier game than Huddersfield against Hull because all the pressure is on us against a team who are around us.

“Hull are up there and maybe we are not expected to win and have the freedom to go and play our own game.

“But of course we need the win badly and will be going out to try and get all three points.”

Doherty admits there was huge disappointment in the dressing room after Saturday’s defeat to Huddersfield, not least as the game was so evenly poised prior to the Jermaine Beckford’s quickfire second half double then followed by Jamie O’Hara’s red card.

“Obviously it was not a good result for us at all,” adds the Irishman.

“We dominated the start of the game and after 20 minutes I felt we were comfortable and could have got more goals.

“But in the second half we collapsed within five minutes and conceded two goals and had Jamie sent off and there was no way back.

“At 2-1 down we could have at least regrouped but at 3-1 the game is pretty much gone especially when there is not long left.

“Then Jamie got sent off and it was uphill from there.

“I didn’t see what had happened I’ll be honest as I was looking where the ball had gone.

“It’s not good with losing Jamie and the injuries and everything seems to be going against us.

“We just need to stick together as a team and we will do that.

“We are all quite close to each other and we know what we’ve got to do and it just didn’t happen.

“With the wins we’ve had lately we might have climbed out of it but all the other teams have been doing the same thing.

“That’s the Championship for you – any team can beat anyone else and we’re just finding it hard at the moment.”

Doherty however insists the players remain firmly committed to the survival battle and ready to cope with the pressure involved, citing the early stages of Saturday’s game – not to mention the positive support from fans – as evidence they can cope.

“Dealing with the pressure was fine and you could see that from the way we started the game so well,” he explained.

“It was good for us and the crowd were right behind us even going into the second half but to go 2-1 and then 3-1 just deflated everybody.

“None of us want to get relegated – our ambitions are to play as high as we can.

“We just think that if we can get through this season and stay up we could push for promotion next time.

“But at the moment we’ve got to stop thinking about that and go game by game.

“We’ve got to get as many points as possible and make sure we stay in the league.

“Having a game tomorrow will help us as we don’t have to be down about this result for the whole week.

“We’ve just got to get our heads back on it and prepare properly for Hull on Tuesday.”

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