Republic of Ireland and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Kevin Doyle has admitted that the relentless battle against relegation has taken its toll on both the players and supporters.
Wolves are currently propping up the league table, finding themselves eight points adrift from safety with only four games left to play. Although the final nail in their Premier League coffin may be hammered this weekend if Terry O’Connor’s men lose to Manchester City on Sunday and results elsewhere go against them.
This is Doyle’s third season with the club who have become all to accustom to relegation scraps. “It is hard to keep going every week for three years when you are in and out of the bottom three and looking over your shoulders and every week is a ‘must win’ game” said the former Cork City man.
“It has been a frustrating season, it has gone beyond frustrating now with us players and the fans” continued Doyle, who himself has had a disappointing season in front of goal having only managed to find the back of the net four times so far.
Wolves have only secured two points in their last ten games with their last win coming on February 4th in a 1-2 away win at Queens Park Rangers. “A month ago maybe everyone was a bit more angry and bitter about the situation. It’s nearly a case of ‘it is what it is’ and we are getting on with it, we are trying to play out the last few games with our heads held high and keep doing the right things and you never know, life does crazy things. If we win four games in a row anything could happen. We want to go out dignified and keep going to the end.”
The twenty-eight year olds club life is a far cry from the euphoria experienced at international level with the Republic of Ireland. Doyle will be hoping for a place on the plane to Poland and Ukraine for this summers upcoming European Championships which kick off on June 8th.