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Doughty Happy To Keep Doing His Job

3 September 2016

Michael Doughty remained modest about his personal form so far this season despite producing a stunning display during the 2-2 draw away at Peterborough United today.

The midfielder – on a season long-loan from Championship side QPR – helped himself to a goal and an assist as Town twice came from behind to rescue a point at the ABAX Stadium to stretch their unbeaten run to three straight games. 

Doughty grabbed his second goal of the season from the penalty spot early in the second-half against Posh, before the 23-year-old added to his impressive assists tally after his sublime cross led to United defender Jack Baldwin scoring an own goal to hand Town a valuable point. 

But despite having had a helping hand in every single one of the Robins’ league goals so far this term, Doughty was quick to play down his fine form and insisted that he was just doing his job.

“Nathan Thompson was telling me that I keep on assisting but that’s my role in the team – I don’t see that as anything too special,” he said.

“As one of the midfielders I need to create things for the strikers and for the other players on the pitch.

“We’re all there to try and do our best for the club.

“I’m in a good vein of form where assists are concerned but we’re also doing brilliantly at the back, the strikers are working really hard and the other midfielders deserve a lot of credit.

“Although those personal accolades are nice, they aren’t the be all and end all.”

Doughty is currently on penalty duties for Town and is keen to keep it that way following his spot-kick heroics earlier today.

“I believe so (when asked if he has formally been handed the responsibility of taking penalties). I had a word with Ross (Embleton) the Assistant Manager and I wanted to add to my goal tally this year and that’s quite a good way to do it,” he added.

“I have confidence in myself to score from 12-yards. I don’t think it really matters who takes them but at the moment I’m putting them in so why not keep letting me have them.”

Finally, Doughty felt the 2-2 draw with Peterborough was a fair result following a thoroughly entertaining encounter between the two sides live on Sky Sports. 

“It felt right and normally your instincts give you a good impression of the game,” continued Doughty.

“They had a few chances, we had quite a few chances and it was probably an enjoyable one for the neutral. 

“But I would like to say that we held our own against a good League One side today.

“We just try to concentrate on ourselves really. I know that is an old cliché but we’re the only people that can affect our destinies and our futures and we concentrate on that.

“There are no doubts in that dressing room that we are a match for anyone in this league and it is about working hard every day to try and achieve a good work ethic, a good team spirit and take those principles into every game.”


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