Wolves have strength to stay in the Carling hunt, says Doyle
Thursday 23 September 2010
Kevin Doyle believes Wolves are capable of achieving Carling Cup glory after breaking his scoring duck with a match-changing contribution against Notts County on Tuesday.
Doyle came off the bench at the start of extra time to score twice and set up another goal for Steven Fletcher in a 4-2 home win which secured a place in the last 16.
The Republic Of Ireland striker, Wolves' top scorer last season with nine goals, feels Mick McCarthy's side have the strength in depth to aim for more than just Premier League survival. Doyle said: "Lots of teams change their teams in the Carling Cup. We changed our team but, if you get through the next round, all of a sudden you are very far in the competition. Lots of big teams have been knocked out already. It is an opportunity for us to maybe go far. We are only a few games from Wembley.
"It all depends how we are playing in the league. If we are playing well, then the cups are an added bonus. We've a bigger and stronger squad and everyone wants to play, so being in the cup keeps people playing games as well. There are 25 very good people in our squad. That is why the team was changed so much. It gives lads the chance to show what they can do."
But Doyle was honest enough to admit that Wolves had been fortunate to overcome their League One opponents, who led for much of the second period thanks to the former West Bromwich striker Lee Hughes. Nenad Milijas equalised from the home side with a penalty with seven minutes remaining to take the game to extra time.
Doyle said: "Those games are never easy. It could have gone either way and they are the ones that deserved it. They worked hard, created some chances, put some great balls into the box. We were lucky to get it to extra time. They had a man sent off, we had fresh legs and then we got a few goals but even then they could have taken it to penalties just before we got the fourth goal. It was heart-in-the-mouth stuff."
Doyle is firmly established as Wolves' No 1 striker but is refusing to set any personal goal targets for the current campaign. "No matter how you are playing as a striker, it is nice to break your duck for the season," he said. "Personally I think I did it for Ireland a few weeks ago. I was happy with that one as well. We've plenty of competition so it is nice to pitch in with a couple of important ones. No matter what you do, that is what you are judged on at the end of the year."
Latest in Sport
Manchester City vs Manchester United combined XI: No place for Yaya Toure... or any United defenders
EXCLUSIVE: F1 heading for eastern revolution as new team emerges from Romania
Impressive Kurt Zouma may save Chelsea millions by replacing John Terry
Daniel Sturridge injury: Liverpool striker suggests problems could be linked with 'Caribbean vibes'
Capital One Cup fifth-round draw: Chelsea meet Derby, Tottenham face Newcastle, Liverpool travel to Bournemouth
- 1 2015 General Election: Green party will not appear in TV debate alongside Ukip – says BBC
- 2 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 3 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
- 4 North Korean officials 'publicly executed for watching South Korean soap operas'
- 5 Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
Nigel Farage and Frankie Boyle clash over Andrew Lawrence's 'Mock the Week' criticism