Striker eyes Wolves survival

Doyle, 26, may have wondered where his season was heading last

month when he returned to club action after Republic of Ireland’s

hopes of reaching South Africa were cruelly dashed in France.

Birmingham defeated them at Molineux and chances of Premier League

survival looked bleak – but Mick McCarthy’s men have responded with

victories over Bolton and Tottenham. Doyle, after scoring the only

goal of the game at White Hart Lane, said: “It’s the World Cup and

playing for Ireland. Who knows if I’ll be around for another

chance. It’ll never be out of my system unless I do get to a World

Cup. “I didn’t watch the draw and next summer I probably won’t

watch the World Cup either. I just hope to do well with Wolves and

be in the Premier League and forget about all that next summer.”

Wolves have a tough programme ahead – they face Manchester United,

Liverpool and Manchester City before the end of the month – so

climbing out of the bottom three with victory at Spurs was the

perfect start to December. “It’s a massive, massive boost,” Doyle

said. “Two wins psychologically is massive for us. “People said

that we had Tottenham and Manchester United coming up and so you

can forget about them, but we just showed what can be done in this

league. “Anyone can beat anyone and we’ll feel the same going to

Old Trafford.” Doyle is now hoping the Birmingham defeat will be

the turning point for the season. “The manager deservedly ripped

into us after the Birmingham game,” he said. “We didn’t expect

anything else I think, we were very poor that day. “We talked about

it, the players themselves talked about it, the manager let us talk

about it ourselves, we looked at the video and saw that we were

very poor and we’ve put that right the last couple of games.”