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Matt's happy at left back


Wolves’ Matt Doherty

Wolves’ Matt Doherty

Wolves’ Matt Doherty

Irish defender Matt Doherty is enjoying his role as an emergency left back having come in from the cold to play a key role for a promotion-chasing Wolves side.

The 23-year-old is one of the longest-serving players at Molineux but Doherty had struggled in the first half of this season and started only a handful of games.

But the Dubliner is back in favour with boss Kenny Jackett of late and has played his part in a Wolves revival, as the side have enjoyed three successive wins and also three straight clean sheets, Doherty filling in at left full, a new experience for a player who played most of his football at right back or in central defence since his 2010 move from Bohemians.

"I played a couple of games at left-back last season. I've felt comfortable almost straight away. I got myself in which I was happy about and, hopefully, I can stay in," says Doherty, frustrated with a start to the Championship season which saw him relegated to the bench.

"It's quite hard being patient but I'm buzzing to be back in the team. It's one of the worst things in our profession, being on the bench. The only worse thing is being injured.

"I want to play every minute of every game, I don't want to miss a second. That's the goal you have," added the former U21 international.

Wolves' promotion hopes took a dive earlier this season with a run of just one win in eight games, but that three-game winning streak over the festive period has lifted them up the table

Meanwhile, current Ireland U21 cap Sean Long is back with Championship side Reading after his loan spell with Luton Town ended.

Long, 20, made 11 appearances for League Two side Luton since moving on loan in October but has now been recalled to the Madejski Stadium. The Dublin native has yet to make his league debut for the Royals.