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Mick should find a place for Wolves’ Doc – legend

Wolves man Matt Doherty’s continued exile from the Ireland team has been criticised by one of their country’s greatest footballers.
The wing back had to again be content with a place on the bench as Mick McCarthy’s side beat Gibraltar 2-0 at the Aviva Stadium to go top of Group D on Monday night as they look to qualify for Euro 2020, with captain Seamus Coleman again at right back.
But Ireland legend Liam Brady believes McCarthy should find a place for Doherty. The 27-year-old scored eight goals and provided eight assists in all competitions as Wolves finished seventh in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup semi-finals.
“I’m disappointed and I’m sure the player himself will be very disappointed that he is not playing this evening, Matt Doherty,” said Brady, 63, who enjoyed a glittering career with Arsenal, Juventus, Sampdoria, Inter, Ascoli and West Ham. “I did say a while ago Mick has to find a place for this lad. I think he’s our best player if not one of our best players.
“He’s had a great season for Wolves, he has scored goals and created goals. To have a player like him on the bench in a game like this is a mistake.”
Speaking to Irish broadcaster RTE Sport, Brady added: “I think it’s a chance to find a place for him in midfield. I know he said he didn’t see Coleman and Doherty being able to play together down that right side, (so) let’s see him in another position.”
The long-serving Molineux man has only started once for Ireland recently, the away game against Gibraltar. On that occasion, Doherty played right midfield, with Coleman at right back. However, it did not work and he was taken off midway through the second half.
Brady said when he played – often in the same team as McCarthy – manager Jack Charlton played Paul McGrath at right back and Ronnie Whelan at left back to get the best players into his team. He suggested central midfield as an alternative for Doherty.
As far as the player himself is concerned, he believes a partnership with Coleman down the right could work.
“Me and Seamus have spoken about it, what we thought at the time. We didn’t think we were that bad actually,” said Doherty.
“Not much came off in that game for anybody really, it was just one of those games. I think we believe that we can play in the same team, that we can work together, but that’s not our choice.”
McCarthy maintains the experiment didn’t work and has no future, so for now Doherty looks set to continue to play back-up to the Irish captain.