Saturday 23 November 2019

Doyle unhappy with Halsey

Kevin O'Doyle Photo: Getty Images
Kevin O'Doyle Photo: Getty Images

Kevin Doyle believes Wolves will survive in the Barclays Premier League despite claiming his side were on the wrong end of two crucial decisions during the 3-3 home draw with Tottenham.

The Republic of Ireland striker netted twice as Wolves gained a vital point in their battle to stay in the top flight.

But Doyle feels the outcome would have been even more positive had referee Mark Halsey awarded two vital decisions in their favour.

The official chose not to send off Spurs defender Alan Hutton when he was the last defender after holding back Nenad Milijas inside the six-yard box.

Even Spurs boss Harry Redknapp conceded Hutton should have been red-carded.

Then Halsey disallowed a Richard Stearman goal for a foul on Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes when replays suggested there was little wrong with the challenge.

Doyle told Press Association Sport: "I don't like seeing people get sent off but, in the rules of the game, how is it not a sending off (for Hutton)?

"If you deny a goalscoring opportunity, how more obvious has it got to be then two yards out from goal?

"I think it was a sending off. If the decision had been given, it certainly would have helped towards us getting three points.

"That's the sort of thing we've battled against.

"I also don't think the goal from the Stearman incident should have been disallowed.

"I don't know why it was. I thought the referee gave the goal then changed his mind."

But Doyle does not believe yesterday's incidents indicate the bigger clubs are looked on more favourably by match officials.

He said: "The refs are used to being surrounded by players every week so that shouldn't influence them.

"I think the Molineux fans are intimidating enough to let them know.

"I just don't know why we didn't get the decisions our way.

"It (the possible sending-off) was probably one of the more obvious ones that went against us this season."

Doyle is confident Wolves will stay up if they replicate their performance against Tottenham.

He said: "We've said it a few times this season that we shouldn't go down playing like that and, if we play like that, we should stay up.

"We've got to keep it going over the next nine games.

"We've had some tremendous performances and results over the last six weeks but we're still in the bottom three.

"We've never become detached, but everyone around us is getting the same sort of results.

"I feel we played well enough to win. We showed great courage again to come back twice against a side who will probably go through to the last eight in the Champions League on Wednesday night."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy believes Doyle's goals were a reward for his tireless efforts throughout the campaign.

He said: "I'm thrilled for Doyley. He wants to score. It is all very well getting admiration from me and plaudits from everyone about the way he plays.

"He wants to score and he does get sick of hearing all that 'well done Doyley, you've done this and that.' He wants to score."

Wolves will play only one game in the next month but McCarthy hopes it will allow his injured players to recover for the run-in.

He said: "We can't do anything about it. Prior to the game, we lost Dave Edwards, Dave Jones and Ronald Zubar through injury.

"Maybe in the month, we will have a chance to get a couple back because it does knock a hole in the squad."

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