Wolves ace aim­ing to shoot down Bag­gies

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By BREN­DAN MCLOUGH­LIN

WOLVES match-win­ner Kevin Doyle has warned West Brom his nightmare run of form is over.

The Ir­ish­man was the Mo­lineux men’s hero with the goal which earned them a 2-1 vic­tory at QPR on Satur­day.

It was his first strike since Oc­to­ber, end­ing a three-month drought which even led to last sea­son’s star man be­ing dropped by Mick Mccarthy.

Doyle is con­fi­dent it will be a turn­ing point in what has been a hellish cam­paign as he pre­pares for Sun­day’s derby with their bit­ter ri­vals.

“It’s been a frus­trat­ing few weeks for me not play­ing,” he said. “It was nice to get 45 min­utes on Satur­day and hope­fully I can get some more min­utes over the next few weeks and try to prove my form and get in the team for the rest of the sea­son.

“It’s been tough and not ideal, but that’s the way it is.

“I’ve been out of the team but when that hap­pens you get your head down and just work harder than ever.

“Then when you do get your chance, you try to take it and hope­fully that will get me in the man­ager’s thoughts for next week.”

The vic­tory – Wolves’ first in 12 games – lifted them out of the bot­tom three.

But they could find them­selves back in the drop zone by the time they face the Bag­gies on Sun­day if re­sults go against them.

Doyle added: “Three points is good but will mean noth­ing if we don’t go on from here.

Sur­viv­ing

“We are go­ing into the derby game hav­ing been dis­ap­point­ing the last time we played West Brom.

“It’s a mas­sive game for us. We’re at home and have to build on this win.

“We can’t let this be a one-off, that’s the mes­sage we’ve all got to learn. We needed that lift ahead of the West Brom game.”

And the Ire­land striker in­sists Wolves’ ex­pe­ri­ence of sur­viv­ing rel­e­ga­tion bat­tles in the last two sea­sons is a mas­sive plus.

He added: “There is still a long way to go and we still need more wins.

“I think we’ve played most of the big boys now and have got most of them out the way.

“We’ve got a de­cent run be­tween now and the end of the sea­son and there are plenty of points to play for.

“We were in this po­si­tion last year and got out of it and sim­i­lar the year be­fore, so hope­fully we can do it again.”

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