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Promising first impressions

Doherty on Wolves life under Walter Zenga

Matt Doherty says the Wolves players are reacting positively to the early work of Head Coach Walter Zenga – the proof in the performance in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Reading.

Zenga has only been in post for a fortnight, but Wolves have made an unbeaten start to the campaign including a dominant performance in overcoming the Royals.

Doherty lashed in the opening goal shortly before the break before Joe Mason added the second shortly after half time.

“There is no better feeling then seeing the ball hit the back of the net,” said Doherty.

“I just hit it as hard as I could – and was delighted!

“From the first whistle I thought we were in control and they hardly had a chance.

“We restricted them mainly to a few long range shots.

“Our gameplan, shape-wise, worked to a tee, hence the result and them not getting too many chances.

“It has been good over the last few weeks.

“It is different, with different methods of training and one or two changes.

“But the way we are working with the shape and what we are trying to do couldn’t have worked much better than on Saturday.

“A lot of it is about shape when the opposition have the ball.

“The gaffer is tactically very aware of what he wants us to do, especially positionally.

“It can be tough and we have had a lot of long and technical sessions and no days off but we are working hard and you can see the differences.

“He has told us to give him everything for these first 20 days and we are getting a lot out of the sessions.

“It is like anything – once you start the hang of it results will come.”

And, given it is only early stages with Zenga and the revamped coaching staff, Doherty believes there is still much more to come.

“The guys who have come in have got a good sense of humour,” he said.

“Of course we are all serious when we need to be but they have a good sense of humour too and there has been some good banter around the boys.

“And then when it is time to work, it is time to work.

“You can see that with the fact that the performances have been quite positive.

“It is still one step at a time.

“When a new manager comes in it will take time to get all of his points across.

“In the first half at Rotherham we struggled a bit so that was something we have worked on a lot and did again in training and against Crawley.

“It all came good against Reading and that is what we need to do again on Tuesday.

“And the atmosphere from the fans was brilliant.

“They have been great with us so far, even when we started badly at Rotherham.

“We only had pride to play for at the back end of last season and the fans didn’t really have anything to go for.

“But at the start of the season everyone is optimistic and they have got right behind us.

“We want to try and fill this stadium, and the only way we can do that is by winning games.”

The new signings have also shown promising signs of settling in quickly, and Joao Teixeira produced another hugely impressive display on Saturday.

“He has got great feet and is doing very well,” added Doherty.

“There is always that question people say about players coming into the Championship from another league and whether they can hack it.

“But he is doing well, and has got a good turn of feet which gets him away from people.

“He has got some personality as well, so he is fitting in.”