McCarthy - Doyle works hard

Wolves boss delighted with striker's unglamorous work

Kevin Doyle: Striker's work-rate delights Wolves boss Mick McCarthy

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Mick McCarthy has heaped praise on Wolves striker Kevin Doyle's work-rate and unselfishness despite his lack of goals.

The Republic of Ireland international has only scored twice in 13 league appearances this season but his manager is delighted with the impact the player makes in matches.

Doyle missed the trip to Chelsea two weeks ago with a knee problem but returned to action with an hour against Sunderland on Sunday.

McCarthy told the club's official website: "Doyle is OK - he's great. He had that niggly knee injury then a hamstring problem the other week, but he's fine.

"His work-rate is noticed and appreciated by us. Doyle had done his work - he'd put a right shift in fighting his corner and running the channels.

"Fletcher scored the goals and Doyle wants to get in among the goals, but he was still as delighted as anyone else because he's part of it."

Strike-Partner

Doyle's strike partner Steven Fletcher has missed over half the games Wolves have played since signing from Burnley in June 2010 due to various injuries.

However he has still scored 15 goals in 22 starts for the West Midlands club, including a brace in last Sunday's 2-1 success over Sunderland.

McCarthy added: "He's a fabulous player - it's everything about him, his touch, his movement, his finishing - that's why he was my big marquee signing from the summer last year.

"I've been delighted with him but we've just got to keep him right.

"He hasn't had little niggly injuries, he's had impact injuries which he couldn't do anything about."