Michael Doyle has warned Sheffield United’s League One rivals that Nigel Clough’s side are ready to fight tooth and nail in order to realise their Championship dream, writes James Shield.
The former Republic of Ireland international issued his threat ahead of today’s South Yorkshire derby against Barnsley which is expected to see more than 20,000 supporters descend upon Bramall Lane.
Doyle said: “I’ve never been a part of a team in my career which is prepared to battle until the end like this one. We just never, ever give up and we keep on going right until the end of games.
“That’s a brilliant quality to have in my opinion. The gaffer wouldn’t stand for quitters and, if there were any in the dressing room, which there aren’t, the rest of the lads wouldn’t stand for it either.”
United, who could climb to third in the table if they stretch their unbeaten run to seven games, have scored more than half of their goals during the final 10 minutes of games this season and completed another dramatic comeback when they reached the Capital One Cup quarter-finals at MK Dons in midweek.
“This is a working class club with working class people behind the scenes,” Doyle, previously of Coventry City and Leeds, said. “The minute you walk through the door you realise that they won’t stand for anyone who doesn’t give their all.”
Danny Wilson, Clough’s counterpart at Oakwell, led United into the 2012 play-off final during his 106 match reign.
Doyle said: “At the end, when we got beat, he was as disappointed as the rest of us but he told everyone ‘well done, you’ve had a great season’ and then made sure we clapped all four sides of the stadium at Wembley.
“He made sure we congratulated Huddersfield and their fans. Showed them respect and that, I think, is a measure of the man.”