Tuesday 15 October 2019

'Now we can push on' - Goal hero Matt Doherty helps Wolves to first win Premier League win of the season

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Matt Doherty celebrates scoring his side's first goal in the Premier League win over Watford at Molineux Stadium. Photo: Dave Howarth/PA Wire
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Matt Doherty celebrates scoring his side's first goal in the Premier League win over Watford at Molineux Stadium. Photo: Dave Howarth/PA Wire
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Matt Doherty saluted his first Premier League goal of the season as Wolves recorded an overdue first Premier League win of the season with 2-0 victory against Watford at Molineux. 

Ireland defender Doherty opened the scoring for Nuno Espirito Santo's side before a second-half own goal secured the win for Wolves, much to Doherty's relief.

"It's great to get the first win in front of our crowd," declared Doherty. "It's taken a bit longer than we would have liked but good to get the first win. We like to get ahead in the game and our record when we go ahead is exceptional. 

"That's been the problem so far this season. We have struggled to score first and that has resulted in us losing. We have not had the start that we would have liked but now we can push on and improve on last season."

The win dragged Wolves away from the relegation zone at the bottom of the table, with Espirito Santo saluting his side's efforts as he admitted their Europa League exploits had affected their domestic ambitions in the opening few weeks of the season.

"We had to improve because we haven't had good performances this season," he stated. "We needed to raise the standards. We improved last season, last week and we improved today. We have to improve during the competition.

"This was a good performance. We were very organised and defensively we were very good. We were aggressive, we recovered the ball and our shape was good.

"The clean sheet is the final result of something. Sometimes you are not well organised and you get a clean sheet but today I think we were.

"I think all the players that played good, those who came in also helped the team. We played good, I think it was a good game.

"We have to grow and improve when we are on the field, we don't have time to on the training ground. We are recovering and playing so you have to do other things to improve your performance. 

"This is a new thing for a lot of the players. You have to travel I don't know how many miles, you have to be ready to train after you play because you have a game two days after, it's very tough. 

"Big teams do it, we are doing this now and we want to embrace it. We are doing well and all the squad is ready to go. It's tough, it's difficult."

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