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Doyle: "The Derby Games are Brilliant"

24 November 2014

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Eoin Doyle put in a match-winning performance on Saturday as Chesterfield triumphed over local rivals Barnsley at the Proact Stadium.

The Irish striker scored goals either side of half time to secure the Spireites a 2-1 victory and their first league win since early October.

After the match, Doyle talked to Spireites Player about his goals, the first of which coming after a beautiful lob in the penalty area.

He said: “Tommy Lee punted it up and Sam Clucas got a flick on. I just took the gamble and I think the ‘keeper got caught in two minds and I managed to look up and see him in no man’s land and put it over his head.

“I thought it was up there a bit longer than I wanted it to be but I was just happy it bounced in and I was glad to get that goal before half time.”

Doyle reserved special praise for young defender Charlie Raglan, who provided a fine long-ball assist for his second goal.

He said: “Me and Charlie were talking at half time and I told him not to aim for me but for the space and I managed to get on the end of his pass. It was inch-perfect for me and in my opinion he was man of the match for us today, he was outstanding. 

"He was great in the air, calm under pressure and he was dominant.”

Although Barnsley managed to pull one back near the end the Irishman believes a clean sheet would have been deserved and says that the team is working hard both on and off the pitch.

“I think we were unlucky to concede the goal,” he said. “There was a hint of offside, I don’t know if he was offside or not but it was unlucky and I think Tommy and the back four deserved a clean sheet with how they played.

“There are not many lads that do miss a training session. We’ve got a good bunch of lads and every one of them believes they should be in the first eleven so everyone turns up for training every day and puts in the effort that’s needed to be a good player. 

"Hopefully we can push on from here now and take the season by the scruff and get up that table.”

Doyle’s previous league goal had come in the 3-2 victory over Sheffield United and the striker maintained that the local derbies are great games to play in.

He said: “The derby games are brilliant, the atmosphere was lively and it’s nice to get back amongst the goals again.

“With the atmosphere it reminded me of the Sheffield United game before the sendings off. We were really at it, we were on top even when we weren’t playing properly. I don’t think Tommy had much to do compared to the chances we had and it was a good performance.”


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