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Doyle aims to kickstart his season

KEVIN Doyle is hoping that Tuesday's night brace against Bolton can kickstart a goalscoring streak to help Wolves in their promotion battle.

The Wexford man's two goals bring him to three for the season and he insisted that he has not been wasteful in front of goal so far this season.

"I don't feel I've missed too many chances so I'm not concerned as I've enjoyed playing well," said the Ireland international (below).

"To top it with a couple of goals is nice and hopefully I'll get a few more in the next few weeks -- that's what usually happens with strikers. It would be nice if I could do the same again at the weekend."

Doyle admitted his barren run was starting to irritate him after hitting the woodwork in recent weeks, while his header hit a defender in the face on the goalline in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield.

"It was a huge relief -- it was starting to really hack me off," he said.

"But the good thing was I was at least getting chances. I'd hit the post a couple of times and the bar and last Saturday, one was cleared off the line where the fellow didn't even know about it."

Ireland aims to beat pain

ASTON VILLA midfielder Stephen Ireland will play through the pain barrier to kickstart the club's season.

The creative midfielder returned to action in last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Fulham after breaking his wrist against Southampton last month.

"Hopefully I'm back for good. They said it would be six weeks, but after three and a half I could play with a temporary cast, so I'm doing that," he said.

"It's still broken, and it's not quite pain free, but it's enough that I can play pay even if it's a bit uncomfortable.

"I still feel a lot of pain, but I'd rather play through the pain than not at all because I really want to be in the team as much as I can this year.

"I think if I can get a run then it's my shirt to lose and I'm trying to play every minute of every game from now, that's my goal for this year.

"I think now I've got myself in, I'll make sure I stay in the team."