Matt Doherty has told the Express and Star that Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett’s comments about him have inspired him to push on.
After Doherty was named in the provisional Republic of Ireland squad for their upcoming friendlies, Jackett challenged Doherty to become the best full-back in the Championship (Express and Star).
And the 24-year-old is now determined to rise to his manager’s task, by raising his performance levels even further.
“Obviously whenever a manager says something like that, it drives you to prove him right,” Doherty said.
“I’m just out there trying to be the best that I can.”
Doherty had a rather indifferent first half of the season, when he was in and out of Wolves’ starting line-up.
However, an injury crisis forced Doherty to play at left-back, and since switching sides the defender has been in superb form.
Doherty has looked perfectly comfortable playing down the left-hand side, with his skill set seemingly suited to cutting inside.
The full-back has now established his place as part of Jackett’s best starting team, and he seems to be going from strength to strength.
Doherty has made 30 appearances for Wolves this season, scoring on two occasions.