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'We're back to our best' - Wolves' Reading hero makes bold claim

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 14/03/2018 14:05:22 Brian Dick
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Matt Doherty claims Wolves are back to their best following Tuesday night's victory over Reading.

The Irishman scored twice in the 3-0 win - to take his tally to the season to four - but more importantly Wolves retained their three point lead at the top of the Championship.

And it was the perfect response to Saturday's 4-1 loss at Aston Villa - a match the right back suggests they have now put behind them.

"It was an impressive performance from the team, we needed a bounce back game after the second half on Saturday, which wasn't at the standards," he told Wolves TV .

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"We played really well, free-flowing and back to our best.

"They had quite a bit of possession, they are a footballing team and not afraid to play out - fair play to them, it's quite admirable considering the position in the league they are that they still try and do that.

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"We knew once we scored the first goal that was the most important thing. Our record is unbelievable scoring first, once we did that we bossed the game.

"I think everybody felt a sense of relief when we scored that first goal - the longer it goes the more you think 'Is is going to happen? Is it going to happen?'

"But it happened just before half time which is a good thing, it might have deflated them - then second half we were totally dominant."

And that means Wolves can approach their final nine games in upbeat mood having delivered a perfect riposte to their critics.

"It meant a lot to the team to play like that. We were nowhere near good enough in the second half on Saturday, everybody knows that .

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"But we didn't change much, we just keep doing what we have been doing all season and it's worked,

"It was just an off 45 minutes, it happens, but we bounced back really well and I thought we looked at our best at times."

How will Wolves do it?

Tuesday night's 'extra' round of Championship fixtures means Wolves now face a straight race to the promotion finishing line.

Their overwhelming of Reading, Villa's loss to QPR and Cardiff's win at Brentford means every team in the division has now played 37 games.

Nine remain, to be played out over the next two months, in which all the promotion and relegation issues will be decided.

The wobbly feeling after Saturday's defeat at Aston Villa was eradicated as Nuno Espirito Santo's men hammered the Royals 3-0.

Wolves are ten points clear of third, three ahead of second placed Cardiff and a comfortable 20 in front of seventh.

Have a look at the fixtures and form table and make your prediction in the poll above.

The games that remain

Wolves v Burton

Middlesbro v Wolves

Wolves v Hull

Cardiff v Wolves

Wolves v Derby

Wolves v Birmingham

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Bolton v Wolves

Wolves v Sheff Wed

Sunderland v Wolves

That's five games at home, four away.

This is the current form table:

1 Cardiff City P6 W6 D0 L0 Pts 18

2 Fulham P6 W5 D1 L0 Pts 16

3 Millwall P6 W5 D1 L0 Pts 16

4 Middlesbrough P6 W4 D1 L1 Pts 13

5 Aston Villa P6 W3 D1 L2 Pts 10

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6 Nottm Forest P6 W2 D4 L0 Pts 10

7 Hull City P6 W3 D1 L2 Pts 10

8 QPR P6 W3 D1 L2 Pts 10

9 Sheffield Utd P6 W3 D1 L2 Pts 10

10 Brentford P6 W3 D0 L3 Pts 9

11 Wolverhampton P6 W2 D2 L2 Pts 8

Will Nuno guide Wolves back to the Premier League?

JOTA'S INJURY

Wolves were back on form at Molineux with a fine win over Reading.

It was an evening that saw the club move on from the awful result to Aston Villa at the weekend and continue to put distance between themselves and third place.

An injury to Diogo Jota, who limped off before the break, soured a productive evening.

He was taken off early in the game after a challenge from a Reading player and looked in clear discomfort as he left the pitch.

It led to him using Instagram to voice is thoughts on the game and the injury.

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He posted a shocking picture of a heavily swollen ankle and wrote: "No words, no card."

Jota has become a big target for opposition players this season and quite often has found himself on the receiving end of heavy challenges.

Speaking after the game, his manager Nuno Espirito Santo raised his concern at the injury.

He stated "We are worried.

"We know Diogo, When he cannot go on the pitch it is because he is in pain.

"He has pain. Let's see what he has.

"But the squad is there.

"We will see the report - I'm not a specialist!"

WHAT THE FANS SAID

Nathan Wain: Needed that win so much tonight, now bring on Burton on Saturday which won't be such an easy game as people think but hopefully we can play like we have done tonight.

12 more points from the remaining 9 games should be enough. Beat Burton, Beat Hull, Beat Blues, Beat Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland and that should hopefully be enough #wwfc

Wayne Richards: Goo on you Wolves and Thank You QPR. Funnily enough I had a baked potato with egg all over it for me tea. Guess who it reminded me of??

Petra Wielgosz: And... Aston Villa lose 3-1 at home to Queens Park Rangers. The gap is back to 10 points. As you were.

Pete Durrant: It's nights like this that make the Championship what it is. Anyone can beat anyone. Thank you QPR but more importantly thank you Wolves for brushing yourselves down, believing in Nuno's plan and delivering on the night. #innunowetrust

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