Johnny Gorman starts for N.Ireland, Doyle’s goal for Ireland and Sinton’s move to Bucks

26 05 2010

Gorman has previously featured for N.Ireland's U17s. Mandatory Credit; Picture by Spike Hill

Wolves’ Johnny Gorman will start in attack for Northern Ireland against Turkey tonight.

The 17-year-old was called up by Nigel Worthington but wouldn’t have expected to be thrown into the starting eleven.

Worthington is quoted as saying:  “He captures people’s imagination because he’s so young, he’s at Repton School in England and he’s a very bright boy.

“I’ve watched him a couple of times in practice sessions prior to this tour and he’s caught my eye so I thought it was an ideal opportunity to bring him along and work with him closely.

“He’s done nicely the couple of days we’ve been here and I’ve no qualms about putting him in.”

Northern Ireland:

A Blayney (Linfield), A Little (Rangers), R McGivern (Manchester City), G McAuley (Ipswich Town), S Craigan (Motherwell) – captain; R Garrett (Linfield), C Evans (Manchester United), K Braniff (Portadown), J Mulgrew (Linfield), J Gorman (Wolverhampton); R Patterson (Coleraine)

Substitutes: M McGovern (Ross County), C Coates (Crusaders), R McArdle (Rochdale), M Bryan (Watford), J Magennis (Cardiff City), W Feeney (Cardiff City), J Lawrie (Port Vale).

*Kevin Doyle scored Ireland’s first goal in a 2-1 victory over Paraguay last night.

*Former Wolves midfielder Andy Sinton has been named as AFC Telford’s new manager.

Steve Froggatt praises Wolves’ achievements this season

29 03 2010

Froggatt was bought for £1,000,000 before leaving Wolves in 1998

Former winger Steve Froggatt has tipped Wolves to stay in the Premier League and points much of the success at striker Kevin Doyle. Froggatt believes Doyle could play for any Premier League club.

Froggatt made 111 appearances for Wolves during a spell four-year-spell at Molineux and he thinks what Mick McCarthy has done for Wolves is remarkable.

Froggatt said: “When you consider the constraints McCarthy was put under it has been a brilliant achievement. Kevin Doyle was a great signing, I think he could play for any Premier League club in the country at the moment. 

“Any team that comes up from the Championship and finishes fourth from bottom has done great. He (Mick McCarthy) has got together a really good and young team. The thing for me is that they all look really strong and fit. It would be great next year to see all four West Midlands clubs in Premier League next year if West Brom can get up which looks likely.

“Doyle has been Wolves’ best player all season. Jody Craddock’s experience has played a part and he’s scored a few goals as well which is great considering he’s a centre-half. When Kightly and Jarvis are fit they’re great. Players with pace frighten defences and Jarvis in particular has come to the fore in the last few weeks. The service he has delivered he has created chances for the team.”

Another one of Wolves’ unsung heroes Karl Henry has been praised by Froggatt who thought he was Wolves’ best player against Aston Villa last weekend.

He said: “I gave Karl Henry M.O.M in the Sky studio and he is now playing his best position. When he joined the club he was playing at right back and on the wing. It was not doing himself any favours. Now he gets through a hell of a lot of work and plays a hugely important part in the team. He has led by example all season.”

Doyler chasing goals

12 03 2010

Kevin Doyle has has revealed he enjoys playing as a lone frontman in Wolves 4-5-1 formation and added he is keen to add to his tally of six at Turf Moor tomorrow.

Doyle is set to play a lone role again at Burnley tomorrow.

The Irish International said: “Strikers thrive on goals – it doesn’t matter how well you play, when people talk about you, that’s what you’re judged on. You can be Diego Maradona on the pitch¸ but I think if you can’t score a goal as a striker it doesn’t really matter.

“It’s tough but I’ve enjoyed the games. The chances may not have been coming my way but we have been getting some chances. That’s positive. I know from experience before it will happen again.

“It’s just a case of keeping working and keeping doing the right things and when it does fall my way, I’ve got to enjoy it and try to get some goals between now and the end of the season. It’s going to be like that in our situation – we’re not going to be scoring loads of goals so it’s up to us to try to keep them out at the other end and nick one or two from an attacker’s point of view.

“I’ve enjoyed every game. I’ve enjoyed it whether I’ve got goals or not. We played Manchester United the other day and I really enjoyed the game and that’s the way I look at it. It’s the same for any of us – whoever plays up front and in the wide positions must just keep plugging away and hope to capitalise on chances we do get.”

Tomorrow’s game at Burnley is huge in Wolves’ bid to beat the drop and Doyle is under no illusions about how the result could affect Wolves’ end of season position.

He added: “It’s a big game, just the same as last week and this is the next game so it is the most important. It is a pressure game so we’ll all enjoy playing in it.

“Burnley got a decent result against Stoke on Wednesday in coming from behind to get a draw and they’ll be confident at home.

“The crowd are very good, they’ll be passionate and they’ll be right at us because they’ll realise that playing against us will be a great chance for them to get out of their situation. So it will be similar to ourselves in that we’re both confident we can win.”

The striker says that he doesn’t tend to look at the league table as it depresses him.

Doyle added: “For the last week or so I haven’t bothered looking because you look good one week after a result and you look depressed the next week after a bad one. So I’ve decided to forget about it.

“It does your head in and  I’m sure it’s the same for fans looking at it because it only make you nervous. There are 10 games left to finish our season brilliantly, have a great finish to the season and we are two or three games away from being safe. That’s our opportunity – it’s there for us if we want it. If we play well that can happen.

“The only time to be feeling pressure is if it comes to the situation where we have to win to stay up, so we shouldn’t let it get it to us.” My verdict: I think Doyle would easily get double figures each season if he was playing in a decent Premier League team that plays two up front. The problem he face at Wolves is that McCarthy is employing him as a lone striker; meaning he is having to create his own chances.

*Picture courtesy of Getty Images.

My verdict: At a better Premier League club I am sure Doyle would bag at least 10 goals a season but here at Wolves he is playing as a lone frontman. As a reult he is having to create his own chances. Give him a partner Mick!