Wolves striker Kevin Doyle loving life in “easier” Championship
Ipswich v Wolverhampton: Kevin Doyle has challenged his team mates at Wolves to embrace the “easier” life of the Championship and break into the top six.
A win for Wolves at Portman Road would see them end tonight in sixth place.
But such is the early stages of the Championship, Wolves would actually be overtaken by Ipswich who would go from second-bottom to 12th with a victory.
Vice-captain Doyle, who admitted he prefers a promotion push in the Championship to a relegation struggle in the Premier League, is enjoying life in the easier second tier.
The striker said: “I’m enjoying our games, especially the home matches.
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“There’s more freedom in the Championship and you’re playing teams who aren’t so good – it’s easier.
“I feel fit and hopefully things will continue like this.”
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After Sunday’s win at Leicester, Doyle has called on his team to keep the winning feeling going, starting with a trip to Suffolk tonight.
New manager Stale Solbakken has overseen something of a revolution at Molineux since taking over in the summer.
Seven players have left, including star names Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis just before the summer deadline, with the same number of new faces arriving.
Often sidelined in the Premier League, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has already scored three times this season and he should shake off a tight hamstring to start.
New signings, Slawomir Peszko and Bakary Sako, have had conflicting starts to their Wolves career.
Peszko has struggled a little and could be replaced by Razak Boukari, but Sako has been excellent, scoring two and setting up both goals in the Leicester win.
Solbakken’s new signings have all added to Wolves’ existing physical presence.
Wolves likely line up (4-4-2): Ikeme; Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward; Peszko, Henry, Doumbia, Sako; Ebanks-Blake, Doyle