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Antonio Conte Is 'Really Pleased' With Matt Doherty In Return To Spurs Team

Antonio Conte Is 'Really Pleased' With Matt Doherty In Return To Spurs Team
By Michael Bolton Updated
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Spurs manager Antonio Conte has praised Matt Doherty after the Ireland right back returned to the starting side.

Since Doherty joined Spurs, he’s been through three managers, all with different systems, and competing against different players for a starting spot.

The signs were not good for Matt Doherty when the season kicked off, with playing time hard to come by and struggling for form in the international break

Matt Doherty made his first Premier League start of the season in Spurs 1-0 victory over Brighton, with Emerson Royal the preferred choice at right wing-back.

However, Royal’s red card against Arsenal opened the door for Doherty to take his opportunity with both hands, as he put in a solid display last weekend.

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The 30-year-old was in good form last season until an injury cut it short and saw him fall down the pecking order at Spurs, especially with the signings of Ivan Perisic and Djed Spence.

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However, speaking ahead of Spurs’ clash with Everton this weekend, Conte has praised the Ireland international, as he looks set to start again this weekend.

“We played without Emerson at Brighton and I was really pleased with Matthew. He’s struggled this guy to come back to a good level.

"Last season he struggled but then he became a really important player for us.”

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These words of encouragement on Matt Doherty will not only help him, but also help Ireland, with one of their most important players playing regularly a huge plus for Stephen Kenny’s side.

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