MICHAEL Doyle is hardly renowned for his goalscoring exploits.
But the industrious midfielder has bagged two goals in as many matches to put Sheffield United on the brink of promotion.
The Irishman’s long-range gem nine minutes after the break knocked the stuffing out of Leyton Orient and helped the Blades secure a sixth consecutive victory in League One as they moved four points ahead of Sheffield Wednesday, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Colchester United.
Doyle is part of a three-man midfield which also features Jose Semedo. The Portuguese star kept things ticking over in the middle of the park for the Owls, making loads of interceptions and tackles.
Although Barnsley slipped to another defeat in the Championship last weekend, David Perkins produced an impressive display. He worked tirelessly throughout and was a bundle of energy.
The back five consists of two Wednesday players. Mark Beevers has done an admirable job at left-back, which is not his favoured position, and he gets the nod along with Miguel Llera, who notched his third goal in a week to keep their faint hopes of overhauling United alive.
Neill Collins stood out for the Blades and I’ve paired him with Llera and Simon Ford, who was outstanding as Chesterfield claimed a surprise 2-1 win at Hartlepool United. Dale Tonge and Tommy Lee complete the back five.
Up front, Ched Evans took his tally to 35 goals in 42 appearances to cap off United’s win. It was the seventh match in a row in which the Welsh international has scored, while Jordan Bowery bagged his 11th goal of the campaign to delay Spireites’ impending relegation.
Tommy Lee (Spireites)
Dale Tonge (Millers)
Simon Ford (Spireites)
Neill Collins (Blades)
Miguel Llera (Owls)
Mark Beevers (Owls)
Jose Semedo (Owls)
Michael Doyle (Blades)
David Perkins (Reds)
Ched Evans (Blades)
Jordan Bowery (Spireites)