Doyle happy with Cook recipe again

Eoin Doyle celebrates after putting the Spireites ahead at Elland Road by Tina Jenner
Eoin Doyle celebrates after putting the Spireites ahead at Elland Road by Tina Jenner
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Spireites striker Eoin Doyle believes Paul Cook will get the best out of him - just like he did at Sligo Rovers.

Doyle, who teamed up once more with Cook this summer, bagged his first goal for Chesterfield in the Capital One Cup clash with Leeds United on Wednesday night.

He played under the Blues boss during a two-and-a-half year spell with the League of Ireland club, which saw them lift the FAI Cup in consecutive years in 2010 and 2011.

The now 25-year-old scored more than 20 goals in his last season there under the guidance of Cook before securing a switch to Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.

And Doyle is relishing the opportunity of playing under Cook once more, as they target promotion from League Two.

“The manager knows what I’m all about,” he said. “When I came in he didn’t have to sell it much to me.

“He’s been very successful in Ireland and has done well at Accrington and now Chesterfield. He wants to bring success to the club and that starts by getting promoted.”

Doyle - dubbed The Green Messi by Sligo supporters - can operate on either flank but became a revelation when he moved into a central forward position during the 2010/11 season. He went on to score 25 goals during that season to break a long standing 74-year club record.

While at Hibs, he found the back of the net 11 times in 41 appearances and helped Pat Fenlon’s side to the Scottish Cup final.

The former Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers man will battle it out with Marc Richards and Armand Gnanduillet for the same role in the Chesterfield team.

“I can play on the wing but feel my best position is up front,” he said. “I know there are good players already here and I’m looking forward to playing with them.

“I know Jay O’Shea a bit from when we were in Ireland. Hopefully the goals will come so we can help the team.”

Spireites fans were given a glimpse of his goalscoring instincts when Doyle came off the bench to score in the first pre-season friendly at Buxton.

The Dublin-born forward rose unchallenged to meet Drew Talbot’s deep cross to nod Chesterfield ahead at Elland Road to open his account for Cook’s side.

He said: “I know he [the manager] can get the best out of me. The last season I was at Sligo I was on good form and the manager instilled great confidence in me.

“We managed back-to-back cup successes and hopefully we will have plenty more success to come here at Chesterfield.

“He’s a very good man- manager who tells you exactly what he expects from you.

“He knows what your strengths and weaknesses are and allows you to get on with it.”