Sunday 20 January 2019

Doherty: 'Reds fans knew we deserved our win'

Wolves pair George Saville (left) and Matt Doherty
Wolves pair George Saville (left) and Matt Doherty

A glance at the Liverpool team-sheet meant that Championship side Wolves fancied their chances of having a good outcome from their trip to Anfield even before a ball was kicked.

And Irish defender Matt Doherty, an important figure for Wolves in that 2-1 FA Cup win away to the Reds which raised unwanted questions in the direction of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, says his side can cause even more problems for top flight sides.

An Arsenal fan as a boy, Doherty has enjoyed a Cup run that's seen Wolves - out of contention for promotion from the Championship - win away to top-flight sides Stoke and now Liverpool in the FA Cup, but a clash with the Gunners can wait.

"I'd like to play against Arsenal but we'll save that for the final," jokes Doherty.

"With the form we are on, with two away wins against Premier League teams, I don't think anyone will want to play us."

Some fans of certain Premier League teams don't lose too much sleep when their side are beaten in the Cup, but while the loss did not go down well on Merseyside - the red side at least - Doherty insists that justice was done.

"Going there, we believed we could win but when we saw the team they had out, I said to one of the lads 'We can expect to win here' and as it turned out, we were a better team than them," Doherty told The Herald, the former Bohemians man playing a role in the second goal as his ball out of defence set Helder Costa free, Andy Weimann finishing off the move.

"I know our result and a few of the other scores over the weekend will surprise some people but I wasn't surprised when we went 2-0 up.

"Our own fans - and we had nearly 9,000 supporters at Anfield - were ecstatic but in fairness to the Liverpool fans, they clapped us off after the final whistle, I think they realised that we deserved our win.

"If we had sat back for most of the game and just nicked a 1-0 win they wouldn't have reacted like that but I think they knew that we were the better side."


Defeats for teams like Liverpool, Watford, Newcastle, Brighton and Leeds to lower league opposition over the weekend suggests that big teams no longer care about this competition.

"A lot of clubs are mixing up their teams and not taking the FA Cup too seriously, though the very top teams - like Manchester City and Chelsea - will still field strong sides as they want to win it," says the former U21 cap.

"That's why I was surprised at Liverpool, they had just been knocked out of the League Cup when they played us and the league doesn't look too good for them so I have no idea why they made so many changes for a Cup game with us, but that's the thinking they have.

"From our point of view, we have knocked out two Premier League teams so we don't fear anyone. But there were no major celebrations on Saturday, we were back in for training yesterday, we'll train today as we have a game tomorrow."

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