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Saturday 16 December 2017

Doyle coated in praise by boss Jackett

WOLVES boss Kenny Jackett has praised the attitude of Ireland man Kevin Doyle, even though he expects Doyle to leave the League One club.

Doyle, 29, made his third appearance of the season for Wolves in their win over Bristol City last weekend and although Wolves have admitted that they cannot afford to keep the £40,000-a-week player on the books, Jackett has been pleased with Doyle.

"He's shown a really good attitude and no little quality, a performance like that warranted a goal," said Jackett, who is unsure if Doyle can be retained. "We hope he can continue building on that now and contribute like he did on Saturday.

"We'll see. Unfortunately it's something I can't shed any light on," he said. "He'd be difficult to replace, but sometimes that's the test in management. After coming down two levels in two years, which is very unusual, it's up to us to piece things together with those that want to play and separate the ones that don't, along with ones that come in fresh.

"I can only talk about what I see. And after a stop-start pre-season, he's come back into the side and had three good performances now. He's built up his match fitness – the first game he had 35 minutes, then 60 then 87 on Saturday."

KEANE DOUBLE FOR LA GALAXY

Robbie Keane scored twice in the second half to lift the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-0 victory over Costa Rican club Cartagines in their CONCACAF Champions League group opener last night. Keane gave the Galaxy the lead in the 66th minute, taking a pass from Landon Donovan and scoring from a tight angle on the left. Donovan gave the last pass again for Keane's second goal, three minutes into stoppage time.

WILLO SEES DONS BACK IN EUROPE

WILLO FLOOD hopes that Aberdeen's good start to the season can lead the Dons back into European football.

Dubliner Flood has been in superb form for Aberdeen since his summer move from Dundee United, and the 28-year-old is eager for more success.

"I want to see Aberdeen back in Europe," says the former Manchester City man. "That is where we want to be next season and if we could do that it would be fantastic for the fans. Everyone in Scottish football knows how big a club Aberdeen are."

LEON McSWEENEY is hoping to land a contract with League One side Shrewsbury Town.

– AIDAN FITZMAURICE

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