IT MAY have been just over two years since his last goal but Gary Doherty was happier to bag a clean sheet on his Wycombe debut.

The 32-year-old last netted in Norwich's 2-1 win at Brighton on February 13, 2010 but needed just 10 minutes to open his Wanderers account on Saturday.

A day after joining on loan from League One leaders Charlton, Doherty was immense at the back and deservedly won the man-of-the-match honours after the 5-0 drubbing of Hartlepool.

Asked whether he was happier with the goal or clean-sheet he needed no time to think and said: “Clean sheet and 4-0 would have been fine for me. Scoring a goal and clean-sheet - it was a dream start for me.”

Doherty oozed class and experience as Wycombe kept only their third clean sheet of the season and all after just one day to meet and train with his new team-mates before the match.

“We had 20 minutes together against the youth team to try and get a pattern of play,” he said. “I have never been on loan before so this is all a new experience for me but I was delighted to get off to such a good start.”

And the ex-Tottenham and Republic of Ireland defender believes he has seen enough to suggest Wycombe can escape the League One drop.

He said: “We knew it was a massive game because you do need to pick up points at home. There is still a third of season left and there are plenty of points to play for. The main thing we proved today is that we have goals in us and the front two were outstanding.

“I don't think scoring has been a problem for this team and if we can get some clean sheets or, at least keep things tighter, then we will pick up more points.”

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