Date: 20th February 2018 at 6:22am
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Matt Doherty has said that whilst the Preston North End game was hardly something to write home about, he felt the way Wolverhampton Wanderers’ battled back for a point – and should’ve really taken all three – was a testament to the spirit and character of the side.

With neither team securing a breakthrough in the opening 45 minutes, Alan Browne gave Preston the advantage shortly after the second half had restarted, but with them going down to ten men, Wolves quickly got back into the game through Helder Costa and had opportunities to add a second even though Preston defended admirably.

Speaking to the Official Website as he met with the media to reflect on the weekend’s action, Doherty explained that although we couldn’t take victory, he felt staging a comeback once more showed the character of the group and whilst it may not have been as free flowing a match as fans have been used to this year, digging in to get back into the game was a clear positive.

‘We’ve done it quite a few times this season when we’ve gone a goal behind, we always seem to get back into the game. That shows good character from us. If you ask any team they’d be disappointed to concede from a set piece and we’re no different. I think we were a bit dodgy with set pieces earlier on in the season and we completely got that out of our system where we started to defend them really well.’

Doherty went on to say.

‘I’m sure everyone believed that we would get back into it. Obviously the sending off helped but I still think we would have done something along those lines anyway. Preston have been on a decent run so it’s not a bad result. Considering they went down to ten men quite early in the second half, then getting back into the game straight away, you’d expect us to go on and win it. We threw everything we had at them and they just defended well.’

Doherty had praise for the way that Preston defending after going down to ten men, as whilst it was the proverbial parking of the bus, they remained structured and disciplined to protect the point and he knew you had to respect that as they managed the game the best they could.

‘We’re a team that likes to play with space in behind, making runs, so playing against ten men makes it that little bit more difficult. When they drop off it neglects all of our good play so we tried to do things in and around the box, different options, but they just defended well and we couldn’t get through them.’

Ending his interview, Docherty had positive words for the fans as they travelled in numbers once again for the match, and over 4,000 are expected at Craven Cottage for the match against Fulham next weekend.

‘We all knew that there was going to be five-and-a-half thousand Wolves fans at the game, there’s going to be four-and-a-half next week and we’re selling out pretty much every home game. We love playing in front of full houses and great away support drives us on. We’re very appreciative of that. We can definitely hear it, whenever we do something good or it’s looking like we might score, you can hear it and it’s nice to play in.’

He added.

‘Every time we’ve not won a game, we seem to have gone on a decent run and we’ll be looking to do that again. We want to try and win as many games as possible so, when we don’t, it’s a little bit disappointing. Fulham are right up there, they’ve been a good team for years and it will be on TV so it’s a big game.’