Doherty: Penalty would have been 'harsh'

Matt Doherty believes Brighton would have been hard done by had the referee given a penalty in Wolves’ favour in the first half of Saturday’s clash.

There were loud claims for a penalty after Doherty's shot appeared to cannon off the arm of Alireza Izquierdo while the game was still locked at 0-0, but the right wing-back said it would have been ‘harsh’ on Brighton had Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot.

Doherty said: “I think it was a bit too close. It was one of those where my shot went up and hit his arm and probably would have been a bit harsh.”

As well as the penalty shout, the Irishman had several chances which could have put Wolves into the lead in a match which they ultimately lost due to Glenn Murray’s second-half effort.

And Doherty feels he should have done better with a side-footed effort which curled wide of the post just before half-time, adding: “I got into a good position and initially I wasn’t going to take on the last man, I was going to shoot, and I ended up just side footing it wide, but I should’ve put that in the net.

“It’s obviously frustrating for the team and for me personally.

“I’m happy enough with my own form, but I always judge myself on what I can do going forward as well as defensively and I should’ve scored and made it 1-0, so I’ll be critical of that.”

The 26-year-old thinks Wolves are missing a ‘clinical touch’ after netting just nine times in the first 10 matches of the season, adding: “We’re critical of ourselves in front of goal as we know we should’ve scored more goals, but we can’t be too hard on ourselves because we didn’t play badly.

“We were full of confidence coming into the game, although it was off the back of a loss last week, but it just didn’t go our way. They cleared it off the line a few times, the keeper made some good saves, so we’re frustrated.

“I think it’s just a clinical touch that is missing. Everyone can see that we played really well, we just couldn’t put the ball in the net, then Brighton had half a chance and scored from it, but that’s the clinical nature of the Premier League.”