Doherty relishing the challenges ahead

Matt Doherty insists if Wolves are to achieve their goals this season, they can’t use tiredness as an excuse.

Three days after facing RCD Espanyol in Barcelona, Wolves were winners in London, defeating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 on Sunday afternoon. Doherty played a key role, scoring the first and setting up the second for Diogo Jota, and believes the energy levels shown on Sunday must be repeated in each game Wolves face between now and the end of the season.

On dealing with the games

The staff we have, the recoveries they do (are key). We probably start games a bit slow, we seem to get stronger as the game goes on and we’re fighting on two fronts, with the Europa League and Premier League.

“With the places we want to go, we’re not gong to use tiredness as an excuse. When you’re trying to finish as high as you can, you’re not going to get tired, you’re just going to keep going.

“These teams are playing in the Champions League Tuesday-Saturday all the time, so it’s not going to be an excuse.”

On the performance at Spurs

“In the first-half they knocked it about a bit, got into some spaces and made it a bit uncomfortable for us, we didn’t think we were particularly good in the first-half, so to come back in the second-half with a performance like that, was pretty good.”

On the goals

“I get in at the back post quite a lot, I’ve missed quite a few chances recently, before Thursday, but they seem to be coming now and hopefully they continue.

“Then, we’ve got three top class forwards there and they’re capable of doing that at any point in games, so it’s not a surprise when they do it.”

On his late block

“It was the last minute and it was last-ditch, I don’t know why I did that (celebrated), my body took over, but the game wasn’t even over, they could have come back and still scored, but it happened and fortunately we won the game.”

On continuing the momentum

“We’re fighting on two fronts, so have two opportunities to try and do something really special. That’s why today was so big.

“We’ve got a home game next week – we’ll obviously try and win that, and finish as high as we can. We’re in a good moment and our goal is to go the rest of the season unbeaten.”