Sheffield United: Doyle gets his reward

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SHEFFIELD United captain Michael Doyle is reaping the rewards of his new forward-thinking approach, manager Danny Wilson has claimed.

Doyle enters this weekend’s League One fixture with MK Dons searching for his third goal in seven outings having scored United’s opener against Oldham Athletic four days ago.

“Michael’s always had that in his locker,” said Wilson. “It’s just that he’s getting into those areas where he’s capable of showing it a lot more now.

“That’s what we’ve asked him to do, we’ve encouraged him to get himself in and around the penalty box more and now we’re seeing the benefit.”

Doyle, whose effort at Boundary Park laid the foundations for United’s fourth straight success on the road, went 26 games without hitting the target earlier this term before breaking his duck when Hartlepool visited Bramall Lane in December.

Since then the former Republic of Ireland international has also netted against Shrewsbury Town and Athletic.

Wilson added: “A lot of people reckoned the one he got (against Town) was lucky because there was a scramble. But it wasn’t luck.

“Doyler got that because he was prepared to pressurise the ball and because we flooded their penalty area.

“When you do that, the chances of something like that happening are much greater. You force the mistakes and increase the possibilities.”

Dons hosted League One leaders Doncaster Rovers at stadium:mk last night.