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Wolves v Burton preview: Chance to put pressure on rivals

Matt Doherty says Wolves can put pressure on their rivals when they give ‘everything we have’ to earn three points against Burton tomorrow.

Wolves beat Burton 4-0 last September (© AMA / Sam Bagnall)
Wolves beat Burton 4-0 last September (© AMA / Sam Bagnall)

Wolves face the Brewers at 3pm, with Villa not playing until 5.30pm (at Bolton) and second-placed Cardiff travelling to Derby on Sunday.

Tuesday night’s two-goal hero Doherty said six points was the very clear target from this week’s games against Reading and Burton.

And after a 3-0 victory over the Royals the Irishman wants to complete a perfect few days ahead of the international break.

“We looked at the fixture list and, no disrespect, but the teams were quite low down,” he said. “We really fancied ourselves to get six points. We’ve started off with three so are looking to do the same on Saturday.

“We’re going to be right up for it because we’ve got a bit of a break after, so we’ll give everything we have. That should be good enough.

“(Tuesday) just means the defeat to Villa doesn’t mean as much. They lost and we’re in a good position.

“Cardiff keep winning, they’re doing well. Brentford is a really tough place to go, I’ve never enjoyed going there. I was quite surprised, I thought Brentford might get something there (on Tuesday).

“But we play first at the weekend so we’ve got the chance to put a bit of pressure on them.”

Wolves went into the Reading under the microscope after they crashed to their heaviest defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 4-1 to Villa.

Doherty was pleased to bounce back – and is loving his right wing-back role this season.

“Probably there’s an expectation from the outside looking in,” he said. “Obviously we’re professionals and want to win every game.

“We know the Championship isn’t easy and doesn’t work like that, it’s just not possible.

“You go through stages of up and down. In your bad stages you’ve got to hope to nick a win or knick something and not have too many losses.

“We’ve only lost twice in the last few games but we’ve bounced back well.

“It’s a buzz bombing up but it’s harder bombing back – there’s some good wingers in the league.

“We have a lot of the ball so it’s quite enjoyable.

“With the range of passing if you make a run then you always think that you’re going to get found, which is a really nice thing to have.

“Instead of making the run, it doesn’t come to you and you’re going back, then you do it again and it doesn’t come to you again.

“But they seem to find the right pace at the right time. Which is the way we play. We try and get in behind – it’s really enjoyable to be part of."

Diogo Jota misses out with the ankle injury he sustained on Tuesday. Ivan Cavaleiro is almost certain to deputise.

Predicted teams

Wolves (3-4-3): John Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Neves, Douglas; Costa, Afobe, Cavaleiro. Subs: Norris, Batth, Hause, Vinagre, N'Diaye, Gibbs-White, Bonatini.

Burton (4-5-1): Bywater; Flanagan, Naylor, McFadzean, McCrory; Sordell, Davenport, Akpan, Murphy, Dyer; Bent.

Key players

Wolves: Helder Costa – In the absence of Diogo Jota it may be up to Helder Costa to provide Wolves’ creative spark. If he plays how he did against Reading then he should thrive.

Burton: Darren Bent – No goals in his first eight appearances for the Brewers but 34-year-old Derby loanee Bent has proved himself to be a prolific finisher over many years. Scored a screamer for Derby at Molineux last season.

Past three meetings

September 30, 2017 (Ch): Burton 0 Wolves 4 (Jota 5, Saiss 11, Vinagre 41, Bonatini 62)

February 4, 2017 (Ch): Burton 2 (Kightly 60, Woodrow 90) Wolves 1 (Costa pen 40)

September 10, 2016 (Ch): Wolves 1 (Oniangue 77) Burton 1 (Miller 90)

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