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Wolves boss hails Doyle form

WOLVES boss Stale Solbakken believes Kevin Doyle is returning to his best form after the striker helped Wolves to a 2-0 victory over Ipswich last night.

Tommy Smith's calamitous own goal and a second from Wolves substitute Tongo Doumbia gave Wolves the victory with Doyle influential once more.

"His confidence and sharpness is coming back and he's generally played better and better ," said the boss.

"And you shouldn't underestimate his personality.

"He's very well respected because of the way he behaves on and off the pitch and has a very realistic view of the strength, not only of his own play, but of his team-mates.

"Because of the way he works for the team he's maybe not selfish enough - he could be nastier and tougher with himself and say 'I'm going to go here and there'.

"But he always puts the team first and he's a real team player.

"For him it's about rediscovering the joy of playing football in a way and building his confidence again.

"We've tried to work on that and sometimes I think he underestimates himself - he's quicker than he thinks and he's better in the air than he thinks.

"He could think about not just being a team player but be more selfish sometimes. I think the process is underway because you can see that in the games."

When asked if Doyle should be aiming for 20 goals this season Solbakken is more circumspect, citing his overall influence to the team as being equally important.

"Maybe 20 goals might be too much to ask because of the way he works for his team-mates and chases back," Solbakken said.


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