Mick backs Doyle to fire
Mick McCarthy believes Kevin Doyle is ready to put a series of injuries behind him after getting his first Wolves goal.
Last Updated: 21/09/09 8:55am
Mick McCarthy believes Kevin Doyle is ready to put a series of niggling injuries behind him after getting his Wolves career up and running with a first goal at the weekend against Fulham.
The Republic of Ireland international has struggled for fitness since arriving at Molineux from Reading in the summer for a club record £6million fee.
A landmark day in the Midlands saw Doyle's goal help Wolves to their first Premier League success at home since May 2004.
McCarthy is hopeful Doyle's first in Wolves colours will ease any pressure he has put on himself, while backing the 26-year-old to prove to be an astute acquisition.
"That's brilliant for Kev," said McCarthy. "He's a Premier League striker and a Premier League goalscorer.
"Unfortunately when we took him he had a hernia and he's never been fit, even today.
"He has been getting his fitness on the hoof a little bit in training and in games. It is great for him to get his first goal and that will help his confidence - not that he lacks self-belief.
"It is more to do with the acceptance of him by everyone at the football club as a centre-forward who is a big signing and who has to score goals.
"He has not been fit enough in games, but he is getting there and it's great for him to get this goal."