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Lana Sargsian

26-12-2023 | 11:48 Football
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Gary O'Neil expresses concern over summer signing's limited playing time

Gary O'Neil has voiced his disappointment over the restricted playing time given to Wolves' summer signing and match-winner, Matt Doherty.

Despite returning to Molineux on a free transfer, the 31-year-old has found himself mostly on the sidelines, starting only one Premier League match as Nelson Semedo's understudy.

However, the Ireland international's impactful performance off the bench, securing a Christmas Eve victory against Chelsea, has sparked hope for increased opportunities in the future.

Speaking via Express, the Wanderers's coach expressed disappointment at not giving Doherty more minutes during the season.

“I’m really pleased for him as he’s worked hard and I’m disappointed I’ve not managed to use him as much as he deserves.

“But that is how the game goes sometimes and being professional and ready, with the way he works, he got his reward and got us an important goal.

“He’s been really patient and it’s mainly because I’ve really liked what I’ve seen from Nelson, who has done really well down that side.

“But we are working on it and I understands he does need to be playing matches, and coming on the pitch and having an impact like that does no harm to his chances.”

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