Confident Doyle lifts Wolves

Whilst club managers complained of a badly timed international break, Ireland striker Kevin Doyle believes his club form benefited from the two games with Kazakhstan and Oman.

The Wexford man returned full of confidence after scoring against both nations and having the honour of captaining Ireland against Oman. The former Cork City striker was back to his best in the 2-1 home defeat of Leicester City yesterday and was named Man of the Match.

“It was a good week for me,” Doyle explained. “It was a good week for Ireland as we had two wins. We set ourselves up nicely and play Germany in a few weeks.

“It was my second time as captain. Every time you captain your country from the start of the game, it is an honour. I really enjoyed it and to win the game is an honour.”

After three hard seasons battling against relegation in the Premier League the former Reading marksman is determined to enjoy his time in the Championship.

He said: “You are playing teams that are not as good. It is as simple as that – so it is easier.”

Wolves raced into a 2-0 lead through goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Richard Stearman before Paul Konchesky’s magnificent 70th minute long-range shot set up a tense finale.

Doyle said: “Three points is the main thing and that gets us up towards the top of the table. It is a big week for us and we could be sitting nicely at the end of the week.”

WOLVES: Ikeme, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Peszko (Boukari 74), Doumbia (Edwards 66), Henry, Sako, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake (Sigurdarson 76).

LEICESTER: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Marshall, Drinkwater, King (James 30), Dyer (Knockaert 46), Nugent, Vardy (Waghorn 71).

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

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