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Defender joins squad in confident mood

Matt Doherty departed for his first senior call up with the Republic of Ireland in confident mood after Wolves’ late show at Burnley on Saturday.

Doherty has been in impressive form recently, and after his added time goal secured all three points against Bristol City recently it was captain Danny Batth’s turn to snatch a point at Turf Moor.

In truth it was a point Wolves thoroughly deserved, after an impressive display at the Sky Bet Championship table-toppers.

“They are at the top of the table and we didn’t deserve to lose at all,” said Doherty.

“We managed to nick a point which we would have been disappointed not to get.

“We knew before the game we would have to weather a storm from them and they came out quickly.

“But I don’t think they created anything really clear-cut.

“And as the game went on we created more chances and maybe nothing too clear-cut but then they scored with a great header.

“We didn’t give up and kept going and got that goal late on which is always a good feeling.

“We are actually feeling quite confident at the moment.

“The results maybe don’t show that but it is the case and I am not surprised by how we played on Saturday.

“We seem to do quite well against the big teams but that is no good if you then don’t get results against teams lower down the table.

“We need to be consistent because we are good enough to do that and have shown it by our performances against those better teams.”

Doherty is enjoying his link-up with on-loan midfielder Jeremy Helan, Wolves having lost only one in five since the Sheffield Wednesday man’s arrival.

“I feel like we are doing quite well, defensively and going forward,” he said.

“We are trying things and that doesn’t come off all the time but we are positive when we have the ball.

“We are always trying to attack and go past people and I feel quite comfortable playing behind Jeremy.

“Sometimes it can be hard for people coming in on loan to settle straightaway but it has been quite positive.”

Doherty is now with the 33-man Republic of Ireland squad ahead of the Dublin friendlies with Switzerland on Friday and Slovakia on Tuesday.

It is his first senior call-up and comes after Wolves Head Coach Kenny Jackett praised his recent form and challenged him to become a leader within the Molineux dressing room.

“Whenever a gaffer says something like that it drives you to prove them right,” Doherty added.

“I am out there trying to be the best that I can whether in training or matches.

“I am a right back playing on the left at the moment but that has helped me progress as a player, being able to show I am versatile.

“When I first went there maybe I wasn’t but now I feel happy that I am comfortable in both positions.”

I am out there trying to be the best that I can whether in training or matches
Matt Doherty