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Doherty: Wembley is not distracting Wolves

Matt Doherty insists the FA Cup semi-final is not distracting Wolves from the Premier League.

Wolves were below par as they returned from international duty to a 2-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday and they face Manchester United at Molineux tomorrow night.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have won just one of their last six league games and the fans are all gearing up for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley.

Doherty denies any focus on Wembley is having an effect on the team however.

We don’t get distracted at all. We’re not even thinking about next week,” said the Irishman. We’ve got a huge game on Tuesday. All our thought processes are going forward and trying to put this game behind us.

We know the whole city is thinking of Wembley but that’s why we’re professionals, we put that to the back of our minds and concentrate on the next game.

We want to finish as high as we can in the league and a win on Tuesday would go a long way to finishing seventh.

I don’t see why we can’t get Europe both ways really. We want to finish strongly and we want to win the FA Cup.”

Doherty has urged Wolves to press on and not allow a memorable season to tail off now.

We don’t want this season to peter out,” he said. “We have to make sure that doesn’t happen. That’s why the United match means so much – we want to finish as high is the league as we can.”

The setback at Burnley added to a list of struggles against teams in or around the relegation zone. Doherty admits it is difficult to fathom why that is.

I don’t know how to explain that,” he added. “But I guess we’ve won enough games to be seventh so it’s not become the biggest deal ever because we’ve managed to pick up points elsewhere.

But, yes, it is something we don’t want to happen. I guess if we were to win some more games against the so-called lower sides then we’d be in a far better position but that’s just not how football works.”

Wolves conceded after 90 seconds on Saturday through Conor Coady’s own goal before Dwight McNeil’s goal sealed it. Doherty admitted the early goal was a blow from which they couldn’t recover.

They played their perfect game plan and obviously got the goal right at the start which was a killer,” he said.

We were up against it from then. It’s amazing what a goal that early does.

It lifted the whole stadium and their confidence and then after that they kind of sat back and just tried to see us off and the second goal made it almost dead then.

The early goal was the worst thing that could happen the first goal. It lifted them and if they weren’t feeling confident then they were two minutes into the game. Then their game plan worked out.

Burnley have got some good players and they all know their job in that way they are similar to us. On the day it’s just difficult to stop them.

They are a good team. I am a bit surprised where they are in the table. I know a few of their lads – I think Europe had quite a bad effect on them at the start of the season and the Premier League is very unforgiving but I think they will be OK.”

Doherty had to settle with coming off the bench after Adama Traore was preferred to him.

As to why he didn’t start the game, he answered: “You’d have to ask the manager, I’ve no idea.

When you do get the chance to come on then you have to try to make a difference. I reported back (from international duty) OK – I’m fine.”