CAPTAIN Michael Doyle is relishing the battle at the top of League One between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.
The Blades leapfrogged their arch rivals into second place on Tuesday after comprehensively defeating Yeovil 4-0. It was United’s 10th win in 11 outings, eighth in a row at Bramall Lane and moved them to within four points of leaders Charlton Athletic.
But Danny Wilson’s men remain only a point and one spot above Wednesday, who have a game in hand. There promises to be plenty of twists and turns in the promotion race between now and May but Doyle, who claimed his first goal in United colours against the Glovers, is revelling in the challenge thrown down by their Steel City counterparts.
The central midfield player said: “There was a lot of doom and gloom around the place after we got relegated and Wednesday had a disappointing second half to last season. It is great we are both pushing for the top two spots. It is a great bit of rivalry. It is what the city needs.”
Doyle praised team mate Lee Williamson, who notched a superb second-half brace. Williamson’s preferred position is in the middle of the park but boss Danny Wilson has opted to utilise his qualities on the right flank for most of the season.
“Willo was outstanding,” said Doyle. “Him and Matty [Lowton] have had a great combination on the right all season.”
Wilson expects Ryan Flynn to be available for Saturday’s trip to Bury. Illness ruled him out on Tuesday.
United are set to be backed by more than 2,700 supporters at Gigg Lane with more tickets on sale from noon today at £18 adults, £16 seniors (over 65) and juniors (u-16) and £15 unemployed or young adults (16-21).