SHEFFIELD UNITED: Doyle salutes United fan power

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MICHAEL Doyle last night hailed Sheffield United’s “inspirational” support ahead of their League One encounter with Leyton Orient.

Danny Wilson’s side will start tomorrow’s contest at Bramall Lane second in the table with only four games left to play.

More than 3,000 United fans watched Doyle write his name on the scoresheet during Tuesday’s 5-2 victory over Rochdale and the midfielder said: “I know it sounds like a cliché, but the supporters really have been inspirational this season.

“When you seen them turn out in such numbers then, as a player, it really does fill you with self-belief. It shows they’ve bought into what we are trying to do and how we are going about things.

“And that gives us even more confidence going forward.”

United, two points ahead of third-placed Sheffield Wednesday, have won plaudits this season for their expansive style.

Doyle, the United captain, said: “In the past people always used to say that you couldn’t pass your way out of this division but I think perceptions are changing now. Don’t get me wrong, though, we still work hard.

“We’ve not done anything yet and we’ll take nothing for granted against Orient because they’re down at the other end and they’ll be scrapping for their lives. We saw how hard Rochdale fought and they’ll be the same.”

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