Matt Doherty has experienced his fair share of lively Molineux atmospheres during his nine years at Wolves but is expecting a sensational backing for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter final.
Wolves take on Manchester United for a place in the semi-finals, at Molineux under the lights on Saturday night. The stakes are high, and the players will be fully prepared, and Doherty admits a lively backing from the terraces could give Wolves an edge in their bid to reach the last four for the first time this Millennium.
On the atmosphere at Molineux
“It'll be packed out. Saturday night with the lights on, you can't ask for anything better than that. The atmosphere is going to be absolutely electric and it should be benefit us, maybe give us a slight little advantage.”
On drawing United
“Obviously, you want to play big games but when the draw is coming up, you're kind of thinking you want the easiest draw possible so we can get through. Once the draw is made and you get Manchester United, you have to start thinking about that.
“Our first draw was tough, too: we started against Liverpool and then we had matches where people said: 'you should really win this' and we did, just about. So now we've got the big one and the prize is you go to Wembley for a semi-final. That's a great incentive. One game away from the final and having a chance of silverware.”
On the last United game
“1-1 was probably a fair result in the end. I remember thinking the atmosphere at the time wasn't as loud or boisterous as I'd expected. We kind of eased our way into the game. They went ahead but we got back into it.
“I thought it was going to be a lot tougher at the time, but they were going through a bit of a period where maybe they weren't so happy. They were expected to beat us because we had just come into the league and you could definitely feel that there was tension in the stadium.
“They've turned it around completely now, they're a different club at the moment. Completely different. They're playing with a lot of freedom, a lot of speed on the counter-attack and a lot of confidence. Confidence means a lot and they have a lot of it.”
On facing the top six
“I think when we play against teams outside the top six, they set up to stop us playing whereas a top six team will just worry about themselves and that probably gives us a bit more freedom.
“We just seem to play really well against them and the game seems to be really open, although last Sunday was probably the one that wasn't. We back ourselves against the big teams and this season we've proven that we can hold our own against them.”
On this being his best season
“It's the best season of my career stats wise and because of the league I'm in. People think the step-up is not that big, but from doing it I can say it really is that big. So, the fact I've been able to adapt and a have a higher standard of performance from the Champions to the Premier League, I'm very happy with how things have gone so far.
“I didn't start the season that well. I had a few performances that weren't great, and I scored an own goal against Leicester and when you do that you start to think about things and question yourself.
“Your confidence isn't the highest. Then we played West Ham away and won 1-0 right at the end and I played well. From then on, I didn't really look back. I had the confidence, I knew I was able to play at this level. And I just took that forward.”