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INTERVIEW: Michael Doyle Previews Opening Day

The Skipper looked ahead to the opening day...

3 August 2018

The Sky Blues begin their League One campaign at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow afternoon and will welcome Scunthorpe United as their first visitors of the season.

After an unforgettable play-off promotion year, the Sky Blues will be looking for three points against The Iron on their return to League One.

Club captain Michael Doyle is excited for the journey ahead and believes in the need to focus solely on the task in hand.

“It will be a tough game for us, but we should just worry about ourselves and remember where we left off last season.

“We need to carry that momentum into this season and if we use this it’ll take us a long way.

“(Scunthorpe) have a new team but you only have to look at their away record from last season to understand they had one of the best record’s in the league.”

The 36-year-old is raring to go for the upcoming season and has a message for the fans.

“Let’s go again.

“There’s going to be highs in the season and then there will be lows, but it’s important that we all stick together.

“We’re up for it and we want the same as last year.

“I know what it’s like to be a football fan, when times are down it’s natural to crumble, but we all want the same things. 

“We want to get the fans singing and get them loud and proud, that all comes from the way we go about things on the pitch so that’s what we’ll being try to do.”

Doyle then spoke about City’s condensed pre-season.

“It’s been a short break this year on the back of the final.

“We lost a bit of holiday time but it was all worth it, to get the win and the promotion, there was no better way to finish the season.

“The time has flown but this is what you want now, you want the excitement and the momentum of last year to come and then try to use it at the start of the season.”

He continued: “You can’t rest on your laurels, as the back of last year is forgotten about and it’s a fresh start with new players coming in there is more competition so everybody is looking to impress.

“But, at the same time we act as a squad.

“The games are hard and you could go and beat the likes of West Brom and Derby but you can’t read into these pre-season results.

“We’re going to be judged from tomorrow onwards.”

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