Doyle unhappy with Halsey
Kevin Doyle is adamant that Alan Hutton should have been sent off in Wolves' 3-3 draw with Tottenham.
Last Updated: 07/03/11 3:17pm
Kevin Doyle is adamant that Alan Hutton should have been sent off in Wolves' 3-3 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.
Doyle stepped up to score from the penalty spot just before half-time and make it 2-2 after Hutton had hauled back Nenad Milijas.
But while referee Mark Halsey spotted the infringement and awarded Wolves the spot-kick, Doyle is staggered that Hutton escaped with just a booking.
The Spurs right-back appeared to be the last man and Doyle believes a red card was justified for denying a goalscoring opportunity.
Doyle also thinks Halsey's decision to chalk off a Richard Stearman header for a foul on Heurelho Gomes in the second half was extremely harsh.
"I don't like seeing people get sent off but in the rules of the game, how is it not a sending-off?" said the striker in the Express & Star.
"If you deny a goalscoring opportunity, how much more obvious has it got to be than two yards out from goal?
"I think it was a sending-off. It was probably one of the more obvious ones that went against us this season.
"If the decision had been given, it certainly would have helped towards us getting three points.
"And I don't think the 'goal' from the Stearman incident should have been disallowed.
"I thought he gave the goal then changed his mind."
The result left Wolves in the relegation zone with just nine games of the season remaining and Doyle accepts it will be difficult to beat the drop.
But he is taking encouragement from the performance against Spurs, which extended Wolves' unbeaten run to three games.
"If we play like that, we should stay up," said the Irishman. "We've had some tremendous performances and results over the last six weeks but we're still in the bottom three.
"We've never become detached, but everyone around us are getting the same results."