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Doyle embarrassed by praise

Irish striker admits embarrassment at being teacher's pet

Doyle: manager's favourite

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Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has admitted that manager Mick McCarthy's constant praise for his performances has become almost 'embarrasing.'

The Irishman has played a crucial part in his side's fight against relegation this season, with his exceptional performances constantly being eulogized by McCarthy.

Since moving to Molineux from Reading for a club record £6.5 million in June of last year, Doyle has scored seven goals, however it is his tireless work ethic playing as a lone front-man that has impressed many a spectator throughout the season.

"He's always very complimentary about me, which does get me a bit of stick," said Doyle of his manager.

"It's a bit embarrassing really. But I get the same off the Irish lads about [Giovanni] Trappattoni, I got it off the Reading lads about Steve Coppell and I got it off the lads when I played in the League of Ireland."

McCarthy's men are unbeaten in their last four games which has seen them pull away from the relegation zone and will be hoping to cause an upset against title-challenging Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

System change

Doyle also confessed that his manager's change of style has meant he has had to plough a lone furrow in attack more often, and has forced him to make sacrifices for the good of the team.

"You notice that you don't get many chances. But, also, down the other end, we don't concede as many," Doyle told The Guardian.

"The system has definitely helped us as a team. We've stayed in games and looked like we can get something out of them.

The 26-year-old also expressed that despite interest from more established Premier League sides, he has no regrets in signing for Wolves and that playing under McCarthy has been of great benefit to his development.

"Wolves showed so much belief in me straight away and so much eagerness to get the deal done. And I definitely wouldn't change it. I think it has brought me on this season," he added.

"I have really enjoyed playing for the manager and, even if we are involved in this [relegation] battle, I've loved every minute."