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Winner Takes All

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11:34 17th September 2013

Doyle says season "getting going"

Kevin Doyle has called on Wolves to maintain that winning feeling ahead of another tough test against Walsall tonight (7.45pm).

Doyle notched his first goal of the season as Wolves edged out Swindon 3-2, one of many tight league encounters so far this season.

Tonight it’s time to welcome a Saddlers side buoyed by a 3-0 win at Crewe at the weekend and aiming to go one better than their last visit to Molineux a fortnight ago, when Wolves triumphed on penalties in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Doyle admits the games are now coming thick and fast and it is up to Wolves to maintain the cracking pace being set at the top of Sky Bet League One.

He says:  “This is definitely when it really starts to get going.

“Pre-season is long forgotten – we’re six games in, we’ve got three matches this week and we’ve made a good start.

“Let’s get these games out of the way so we can get to 10 matches and then we’ll see where we are.

“Winning is a fantastic habit. Before we were into a losing habit and we may have lost Saturday’s game last season.

“Hopefully we can keep it going.

“We don’t just think that because we’re in League One we can win the league easily – we don’t think that at all.

“The fans will have seen too that teams aren’t going to be pushovers.

“Teams come here and try to match us and it’s enjoyable to play against sides because I’d never played in League One so I didn’t know what to expect.

“The first few games have shown us the teams have played more football than we’ve seen in the last couple of years to be honest.

“But if we play well and play as well as we can, we should do very well.

“We won’t get away with how we played against Swindon every week but we got our luck on Saturday which maybe in other seasons we haven’t had.

“We’ll have to play better tonight - it was a very good game here two weeks ago and Walsall play some very good football.

“So it’s another game of many we have and as a local derby, they will be well up for it – but we’ll be the same.”

Tonight’s is the first of two derby games facing Wolves in the next five days, with a trip to Shrewsbury to follow.

And while Doyle acknowledges the opposition fans will be fired up to put one over on Wolves, he says so too will the Molineux faithful to build on an encouraging start to the season.

“Our supporters will be well up for it too so you can look at it either way,” says the Irishman.

“It’s a good chance to play local teams and try to play well and keep our run going.

“With three games in a week, it will be a tough one, but we got off to a great start.

“I was delighted to win the game against Swindon to keep our run going – whether I scored or not. I just want to enjoy it.

“I was dropping into midfield a bit to help out but as an attacking player, I’m enjoying it because if you can get on the break, that’s when we score our goals.

“When teams are attacking us is actually when we look dangerous because we can break on teams quickly, as we showed with the third goal against Swindon.

“Maybe we should have tried to do that a bit more or tried to put people in it might have been more difficult for them.”

Doyle, who has previously thanked Wolves supporters for backing him so vocally so far this season, was also impressed with their efforts during – at times – a very tense afternoon on Saturday.

He is also ready to shoulder the burden of any added responsibility in terms of experience levels, as he prepares to turn 30 tomorrow.

“We were under the cosh a bit on Saturday and the fans were putting us under pressure, but there was no negativity,” added Doyle.

“I think the fans realised Swindon are a good team so we’re not just going to ‘walk it’ against good teams.

“If we can get promoted, it will be through a lot of hard work and playing good football.

“It’s always nice for things to be freshened up for everyone as it has been this season.

“It just leaves things fresher for everyone and I’m just lucky to be a part of it.

 “I think the manager wants us senior players to have more of an input.

“There aren’t many of us – three or four of us who have been around for a while plus Sam Ricketts who has come in – just to make sure we’re the vocal ones or more lead by example than being vocal than anything else.”

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