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INTERVIEW: Michael Doyle Looks Ahead To Newport Clash

The Captain previews the Good Friday meeting...

29 March 2018

Coventry City captain Michael Doyle believes the current run him and his team mates have been on recently will have teams looking over their shoulders at the Sky Blues.

City are currently on a run of six games unbeaten in League Two, which has seen four wins and two draws help them climb back into the top seven.

Doyle believes that the draw they picked up at Mansfield during the first game of their run was the turning point.

He said: “We’re going alright and on a good run. We’ve had some tough games but to come through them in the position we’re in now, I think we’re happy after a bad patch before the FA cup game against Brighton.

“The Mansfield game was a catalyst for us to build and show the real character and spirit amongst the players.

“To go down to ten men against a side who were flying and to go and play the way we did was brilliant, and we’ve sort of built from there and we’re on the crest of a wave at the minute.

“However, it’s important for the senior players to keep everyone’s feet on the ground and keep doing what we’re doing first and foremost.

“I don’t want to be negative, but I think the most important thing at the moment is to nail down a play-off place and I think if we can do that then we will be in sight of an automatic place which would be brilliant.

“We’re putting the pressure on and they’re looking over their shoulders, but we can’t get carried away and we need to take care of business.”

The Sky Blues travel to Rodney Parade tomorrow afternoon in League Two action, as they look to keep the pressure on and extend their unbeaten run.

When the two sides met earlier in the season, Newport came away from the Ricoh with a 1-0 win and Doyle is expecting another tough game.

“It’s been a difficult place to go over the last few years. The pitch hasn’t been great in the past, but I think they’ve got a new one in the summer and it’s really good.

“When they came to the Ricoh earlier on in the season, it was a really difficult game for us. They were well organised and hard to beat, but I think at their place it might be a bit different.

“They will get in our face and try and look for us to make mistakes and it will be difficult for us, but I think the most important thing for us is that we concentrate on ourselves and keep doing what we’re trying to do and not come away from that.

“As well as things are going at the minute a defeat or two and you could find yourselves out of those play-offs and that’s how tight it is.

“It’s a big weekend coming up with two games in a short amount of time and it’s a chance for us to cement our place and make a real statement.

“I think around the league everyone has seen us coming now and it’s important we don’t disappoint and important we keep going and put our foot down.”


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