Doyle feeling good about Blades form

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Midfielder Michael Doyle says there is a ‘feelgood’ factor around Sheffield United this season.

Six wins in a row will give that to a club, but Doyle says it runs even deeper with the appointment of Danny Wilson being a catalyst for the Blades’ upturn in fortunes.

He said: “We had a lot of managerial changes (last season) although we put a good run together towards the end of the season, it was too late to save ourselves.

“We were all over the place but everything is completely different this year.

“Obviously we were going to be one of the favourites to go up after being relegated but that is easier said than done. Danny [Wilson] has picked everyone up and is getting the best out of the lads.

“When you are on a good run, everyone enjoys going into work and there is a feelgood factor around the place.”

United will be bidding to clinch a seventh consecutive victory in all competitions when they host Notts County, in front of the Sky Cameras, on Tuesday.

Doyle said: “We have three games in a week over the Christmas period and as players, you want to be involved in those games. Players would rather play games than train, especially if results are going your way.

“We had a bit of a bad patch where we dropped points which we should not have done but we have got back to basics on a few things. We have taken what the manager has said on board and we are starting to see the results now.”

Asked if being knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by Bradford City could be a defining moment in United’s season, Doyle said: “That was probably a turning point. We were all disappointed to lose.

“It is still early days though so we can’t get carried away. We are on a good run and it is up to us keep it going. That’s the beauty of the Christmas period. After those three matches, you will either be in a better or worse position.

“All we can do is focus on ourselves, try to win our matches and hopefully we will get good results elsewhere.”