Conor Coady came in for a lot of criticism after Wolverhampton Wanderers lost 2-1 to Liverpool on Thursday, but Matt Doherty was also slated by supporters for his performance.
The 28-year-old was dominant in the air and managed to get forward on a number of occasions, but he didn’t lay a finger on Liverpool and left his centre-backs exposed at times.
For me if we really want to kick on next season we have to get upgrades on Coady and Doherty.. may sound harsh but it’s reality I’m afraid #wwfc
— RN8 🇵🇹 (@RubenWWFC) January 24, 2020
They have both been great servents for the club & no doubt would still be great additions to squad. But we need to look for that quality! Doherty is too hit and miss this season, and as much as i love coady, he relys heavily on the 2 CBs next to him. Next seasons team … #wwfc pic.twitter.com/hCJcbTjon1
— ℂ𝕒𝕣𝕝 𝕐𝕠𝕣𝕜𝕖 (@Carl_Yorke) January 24, 2020
If #wwfc sides think we can become a CL team then they have to accept a fair few of that team will become squad players not first teamers – Donc, Saiss, Doherty, Neto, Jota and possibly Jonny. Plus we need a long term replacement for Moutinho & probably more pace in CM. That's
— Cruyff Wulf QC GCMG (@cruyffwulf) January 24, 2020
Be careful what you say but I cant remember the last good game Doherty had. Those chances are missed by relegation fodder not teams chasing top 4 #wwfc
— Dan (@aston_danny) January 23, 2020
Rewatched the game. We were as good as I thought. Doherty was as bad as the thought. #wwfc
— Whitty (@witdawit) January 24, 2020
Big big fan of Matt Doherty but we seriously need someone who can come in as cover for when he’s not performing, need a big second half 🐺🧡🖤 #wwfc
— TJ Baker 🐺 (@BAK3RWWFC98) January 23, 2020
As per WhoScored, Doherty played for 90 minutes, made 71 touches, won six aerial duels, completed 75.5% of his 49 passes, had one shot, whipped in one cross, made two clearances, blocked one shot and had two successful dribbles.
The right-back failed to make a tackle, failed to create a chance and failed to make an interception, however. Doherty has been a terrific servant for Wolves, making 283 appearances in all competitions since his move from Bohemians in 2010, but some fans have been suggesting that an upgrade may be needed.
Nevertheless, he’s been a regular under Nuno Espirito Santo this season, making 31 appearances across the board, so he still has the backing of his manager.