Doyle feeling the heat
MISFIRING Kevin Doyle is under increasing pressure to find his scoring feet beginning in tonight's FA Cup replay against Birmingham at Molinuex.
With ongoing concerns about Shane Long's back injury also troubling Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni, Doyle's poor run of form has attracted increasing criticism from frustrated Wolves fans.
However, Mick McCarthy, who dropped Doyle to the bench last weekend, has offered his full backing for Doyle and believes that “ a barnstorming” FA Cup tie will provide him with the right environment.
“It needed someone to take a bit of pressure off him because he was the one last season who was playing up front on his own and battling away and scrapping,” claimed McCarthy.
“But what we do know about Doyley is that he was our star man for a while, he is a talented guy and he will come back.”
McCarthy also had a go at Roberto Mancini’s red-card gestures.
McCarthy said he was unhappy in 2009 after the Portuguese Bruno Oliveira, then assistant manager at Queen's Park Rangers, used the same gesture. “I took real offence,” McCarthy said.
“It is something I don't like.”