Doyle delighted to end Man Utd's run

Doyle delighted to end Man Utd's run

Published Feb. 7, 2011 11:28 a.m. ET

Striker Kevin Doyle was certain that Wolves were capable of ending Manchester United's 29-match unbeaten run at Molineux.

Indeed, the Black Country outfit even managed to complete their amazing 2-1 triumph despite falling a goal behind after only three minutes, bouncing back magnificently to add United's name to a list of scalps that also includes Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

"You wouldn't blame anyone for thinking Manchester United would win but we said before the game that someone has got to do it," said the Republic of Ireland star.

"I just felt it was set up for it. They were top, unbeaten for such a long time and going for a record, and we were bottom.


"It is great beating them but it won't make or break our season.

"We need to be taking points off the teams that are around us in the table - and we had better start doing it soon."

Not that the discussion around Saturday's victory will end any time soon in the Wolves dressing room.

There is the small matter of who actually scored the winner to sort out yet.

Doyle claims he got his head to Nenad Milijas' 40th-minute free-kick. George Elokobi is equally certain it was his.

And, after having what he thought was a goal against Chelsea earlier in the season credited to Blues defender Jose Bosingwa instead, Elokobi is not in a mood to concede to the Irishman.

"I say I scored twice," argued the defender, who had levelled that early Nani effort when he steered Matt Jarvis' cross into the bottom corner.

"I was denied the winner against Chelsea so I am determined to keep hold of this one."

Elokobi is one of the Premier League's unsung heroes.

The 24-year-old from Wembley, who speaks with an African accent that emphasises his Cameroonian roots, has emerged from total obscurity at Dulwich Hamlet to become a popular member of the Wolves side in his three years with the club.

Rarely making the headlines, he sticks to his tasks with diligence, displaying the kind of discipline Wolves will need if they are to survive in the top flight.

Discipline until, that is, his first header found the net.

Then he rather dismantled a corner flag in the sheer elation of his first Premier League goal.

"I'm afraid it has been destroyed," he admitted.

"The referee came across and told me not to get too carried away in the heat of the moment.

"But I am very passionate about what I do. When we win, I enjoy it. When we lose, I sulk like a baby."

It was an honest assessment of life from a man who spent nearly the entire 2008-09 campaign on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury that almost cost him his career.

"I just kept working and praying and making sure I was doing the right things at the training ground," he said.

"I have to thank the physios and the medical staff for looking after me. From the manager down to the last supporter, I was in good hands. Thankfully, I have had no problems with my knee since I came back."

Wolves can take quiet satisfaction for the manner of their triumph.

This was no fluke. Their battling qualities serving them well once that precious half-time advantage had been claimed.

Signs of United frustration were obvious.

Wayne Rooney's snide kick at Ronald Zubar, Paul Scholes deliberately trying to push the ball into the net.

Even Ryan Giggs' halo slipped slightly when he chopped down Doyle, who was holding on to the ball after the whistle had gone for a free-kick.

"To be fair, I was acting a bit of an idiot by hanging on to the ball," admitted Doyle.

"He has never been a dirty player in his distinguished career so he's earned a bit of leeway.

"I wouldn't like to see him get done for it but I didn't expect to get on the receiving end of the ref's tongue for it. I imagine if it had been a Wolves player challenging him it might have been different."