Sheffield United: Doyle’s War

Michael Doyle says game-management will be key at Chesterfield today
Michael Doyle says game-management will be key at Chesterfield today
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Michael Doyle believes Sheffield United will prove they are equipped to survive the rigours of the promotion campaign against Chesterfield, writes James Shield.

A sell-out crowd is expected to watch Nigel Clough’s side meet their League One rivals at the Proact Stadium this afternoon.

But Doyle, the former Republic of Ireland international, told The Star that United’s dramatic victory over Gillingham a week ago, combined with last season’s march into the FA Cup semi-finals, illustrates the depth of character which exists within the visitors’ squad.

“The cup run has helped because of the amount of times we went behind and came back against higher opposition,” Doyle said. “That’s happened a couple of times this season. “On Saturday, the effort and spirit from the lads was unbelievable. That’s not something we’ve been able to do in the past.

“Last season - before the gaffer came in - I don’t think we’d have come back and could have ended up losing 2-0 or 3-0.

“We would have been in disarray chasing the game. On Saturday we showed great spirit and game-management to go and win it.”

Although Doyle admitted it was impossible to guarantee a result - “The form book goes out of the window in games like this” - he added: “A lot of players believe in one another and it shows on the pitch. We know believe we have goals.”

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