Doyle keen to finish with flourish

08 May 2010 04:13
Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is desperate not to end the Premier League season with back-to-back defeats.

Doyle is preparing for Sunday's final game of the campaign at home to Sunderland.

Having secured their Premier League survival last month, Wolves slumped 3-1 at relegated Portsmouth last weekend - only their second loss in nine games.

While nothing can take the shine off their success in surviving their first term back in the top flight, Doyle is keen to ensure Wolves end their season with a win in front of a sell-out crowd at Molineux.

The eight-goal Republic of Ireland international said: "Now we've got one game left it will be nice to be able to round off the season on a high by not being beaten.

"We'll have been safe for two weeks by then and we should be raring to go and wanting to finish on a high, so hopefully we can get something from the game."

Doyle, who became Wolves' record signing when he arrived from Reading in a £6.5million deal last summer, added: "We've still got a chance of finishing 14th and that's what we're trying to do.

"That point has been made to us and we've been training as hard as ever.

"Whatever happens on Sunday, I don't think we will ruin the season because we're safe, but it would be nice to go out on a high."

Despite their successful battle against relegation, Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is committed to strengthening his squad this summer with the addition of four or five new signings.

Boosting their attacking threat is high on his list of priorities due to his side's lack of firepower this term - Wolves are the lowest scorers in the Premier League with just 30 goals.

Doyle would relish any extra competition for his place in attack.

He added: "Hopefully the gaffer will bring in more players and the competition that brings will keep everyone on their toes.

"New players bring a buzz about the place and, if the gaffer signs a striker or two, it's a challenge to overcome for the rest of us."

That is a view shared by Wolves' Scotland defender Christophe Berra, whose partnership with Jody Craddock proved to be one of the key factors in the team's successful battle to avoid the drop.

Berra, who was experiencing the Premier League for the first time this season, said: "I'm sure the gaffer will bring in a few players in various positions. It's normal.

"It's good to have competition because it raises your game and keeps you on your toes.

"Personally, I think I've been quite consistent this season. I just want to make sure I keep improving and take it onto the next level for next season.

"Don't get me wrong, I've made mistakes, but that happens when you're a centre-half as you're there to be shot at.

"You'll always make mistakes. It's just about trying to cut them out."

Source: Team_Talk

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