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Monday 11 December 2017

Doyle class was always there: McCarthy

MICK McCARTHY says he never doubted Kevin Doyle's class even when the Ireland striker was enduring the worst goal drought of his career.

Doyle has gone though a tough spell with his club in recent weeks as the £7m signing was dropped to the bench by McCarthy as the Ireland forward struggled for goals and form.

But on Saturday away to QPR, Doyle turned the game in Wolves' favour - and possibly saved McCarthy's job as manager - with an inspirational display as a sub, setting up the equaliser and then scoring the winner, which was his first goal since October.

"I can't remember who it was but I heard one of the top tennis players say that they were able to turn it on when they want to. They know that the class is always there," said McCarthy.

"It's not always that easy but the ability to play is always there and sometimes they are just below par. And I think that's what Doyler has been.

"He was fabulous again on Saturday. He looked strong and powerful and skilful and got his goal, and I'm delighted for him because he's been having it tough. It was lovely to see him play well. We gave him a licence to roam and he looked like the top player that he is."

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