Burnley win proves Mick McCarthy was 'right' to rest players at Old Trafford - Kevin Doyle

Striker claims Burnley win justifies manager's controversial tactic...
By Gareth Roberts

Kevin Doyle says Mick McCarthy's decision to rest 10 players in the defeat to Manchester United was proved right by Wolverhampton Wanderers' 2-0 win over Burnley.

A fresh Wolves side dominated thoughout as goals from Nenad Milijas and Doyle lifted the Midlanders out of the relegation zone and deepened Burnley's away-day crisis.

The win came just days after Wolves boss McCarthy was roundly criticised for changing all 10 outfield players in the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Doyle said of the midweek rest: "It showed, didn't it? We were sharp from the off.

"I think we were the better team throughout. We sat back a bit and we were the fresher team.

"It's amazing what a couple of wins do.

"People were writing us off only a few weeks ago but we've got three important points and three important wins. Hopefully it will be a nice Christmas."

The Irishman celebrated his strike in freezing conditions by stripping off his shirt but even the predictable booking could not wipe the smile from the goal-hero's face.

"It doesn't feel cold after you score a goal, you don't feel a thing," he smiled.