Doyle foresees Fulham test

Striker hopes Cottagers are distracted by European focus

Doyle: Survival hope

Kevin Doyle has warned Wolves not to underestimate Saturday's Premier League opponents Fulham, who relegated Reading last time the striker was in England's top-tier.

"I'm sure they will be trying their best and everything but you just hope that in the back of their mind that takes something out of them"

Kevin Doyle

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The Republic of Ireland international is all too familiar with the Cottagers' exploits after they defied odds to stave off relegation in the 2008 - at the expense of Doyle's former club.

Since then, Roy Hodgson has transformed Fulham into a European force as they gear up for a Europa League semi-final with Hamburg next week after triumphing over Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and Wolfsburg en route to the last four.

With the West Londoners' top-flight status secured, Doyle is hoping Fulham will be distracted by the possibility of reaching a European final in Wanderers' Craven Cottage visit.

"Fulham are an excellent team and I'm hoping that they are concentrating a little bit on what is a massive game for them in Europe," said the 26-year-old, who wants Wolves to guarantee their own top flight status for another season this weekend.

"I'm sure they will be trying their best and everything but you just hope that in the back of their mind that takes something out of them."

Experience

Doyle will use his own experiences of being relegated with the Royals two years ago to try and make sure Wolves do not suffer a similar fate.

He said: "I've had a similar experience with Reading of being this clear of the bottom three (six points) with just a few weeks to go and then we were relegated.

"On the last day of the season, we went down on goal difference with 36 points, and we are still a win away from that, so I feel personally we need more points.

"We have put ourselves in a very good position but we have to get more on top of that.

"The last six weeks to two months have seen us really turn the corner and got ourselves out of the bottom three but I still feel we are two wins away from being able to relax.

"Of course, it depends what teams do next week and the week after - if they get on a run. But two wins and I'm sure we'll be fine."