GOALS have been a rare commodity for Michael Doyle in recent years.
Before the visit of struggling Yeovil Town in midweek, the tenacious midfielder had gone nearly 15 months without hitting the back of the net.
But the Republic of Ireland international finally opened his account for Sheffield United, after 45 appearances, in the resounding 4-0 victory over the Glovers. He drilled in a stunning left foot drive from distance to make it 2-0 as Danny Wilson’s troops chalked up their eighth straight win at Bramall Lane.
Doyle said he was delighted to end his barren run in front of goal.
“It [shortage of goals] was something I was very conscious of,” he admitted. “At the start of the season, the manager came in and set us all targets and he said we needed to score more goals from midfield and we couldn’t be relying on the strikers all the time. It is nice to chip in. Quinny [Stephen Quinn] and Willo [Lee Williamson] have had a few goals this year so it is nice to get one and get off the mark.”
Much of Doyle’s all-round performance revolves around tackling, closing down the opposition when in possession and keeping things ticking over in the centre.
Nonetheless, the midfielder, having broken his drought, is confident he has more goals in his locker.
“I feel I have been getting in the positions a lot over the course of the season but I just have not been taking my chances,” said the former Coventry City player. “It was nice to take one the other night and hopefully I can kick on now and add a few goals to the team.
“I got some stick off the manager in training and the players during games for not scoring but it is just part and parcel of it.
“I think you probably get away with it more when your winning and other people are scoring. It is more when things aren’t going well you need to be adding those goals.”