Doyle set for Chelsea challenge
Kevin Doyle wants Wolves to repeat what they did last season by attempting to beat the big clubs ahead of their game against Chelsea.
By Simon Porter
Last Updated: 25/11/11 3:06pm
Wolves striker Kevin Doyle wants his team to repeat what they did last season by attempting to beat the big clubs ahead of their game against Chelsea on Saturday.
Mick McCarthy's men toppled the Blues and both Manchester clubs at home last term as well as defeating Liverpool at Anfield which helped keep them in the Premier League.
Chelsea have lost three of their last four league games but Doyle knows that Wolves will have to be on top of their game if they want to defeat Andre Villas-Boas' side.
"It will be difficult but we've got a reasonably good record against the top sides. It is games like this, when people least expect us to get anything, that we sometimes pick something up," said Doyle.
"I don't think we've ever been overawed by this sort of challenge. More often than not we've actually risen to the challenge and perhaps played better than normal.
"We've all been involved in plenty of games with the top teams. I'm sure we all feel reasonably equal against them even though we know they have got quality players. I think a team like us can beat one or two of the top sides in a season if we play as we can."
The Republic of Ireland international is hoping that Wolves can take advantage of their opponent's poor form and he is eager to score his first goal at Stamford Bridge.
"I've not had much joy down in Chelsea in the two seasons with Wolves and before that with Reading. But, as they've been in the top two for the last few seasons, there's no surprise there.
"It will be difficult but they've not been on the best of runs although I am sure they could be saying the same thing about us.
"We'll just have to play as well as we can and see what happens. If we can start the game well and put them under a bit of pressure and frustrate them, it gives us a chance.
"We did well there last season and I think it was the best I've felt that a team I've been involved with has played there.
"I remember they said themselves that at that stage we'd been the best team they'd faced at their place in the season. But we still got beat 2-0."