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Doyle: Promoted sides pay penalty

25 Oct 2009 16:00:59

Doyle: Promoted sides pay penalty

Doyle was denied what appeared to be a clear-cut spot-kick during Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Aston Villa when he seemed to be pulled back by defender Richard Dunne. It followed on from Mick McCarthy's side feeling they should also have been awarded penalties in the recent meetings with Sunderland and Portsmouth. But Doyle is adamant he was right to be honest and to try and stay on his feet rather than go down looking for the spot-kick. Referee Peter Walton eventually did point to the spot in the closing stages after Steve Sidwell had fouled Michael Kightly - and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake cancelled out Gabriel Agbonlahor's opener. But Doyle said: "Is it harder for teams who are promoted to get penalties? I think so. Steve Coppell used to say it when I was at Reading. "We were getting to to the stage where we were thinking 'we don't even get them in training now!' "The one we got in the second half had been a long time coming because in nearly every game we've had a blatant penalty. "Probably the ref went in at half-time and found out he should have given one to me at the start so when we did look like we should have got one in the second half, he gave it straight away." Doyle insists he was correct in not exaggerating the challenge made on him by Republic Of Ireland team-mate Dunne. He said: "They say try and stay on your feet and if you are fouled, you are fouled. Just trying to stay on your feet shouldn't alter that. "If you go down too easily, you get criticised for that so I tried to stay up and he stopped me from scoring but the ref was having none of it. "I was trying to stay on my feet as much as possible and be honest and to try and get a goal." Doyle believes Ebanks-Blake will take confidence from his first top-flight goal after being a prolific marksman in helping Wolves gain promotion last season. He said: "You could see he was delighted with it. It is just a big relief. I know the feeling, to get that off your shoulders, and it makes it a lot easier from now."


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