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INTERVIEW: Michael Doyle Previews Exeter City

The Sky Blues come up against the Grecians in the Play-Off Final...

27 May 2018

City come up against Paul Tisdale’s Exeter City in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final and captain Michael Doyle is hoping to finish the job off.

The Sky Blues are looking to secure promotion back into League One and complete the aim which was set out at the start of the season when the likes of Michael Doyle returned for pre-season last year. 

He said: “This is it. We came back here at the start of July last year with the hopes of being promoted and that was the aim.

“It comes down to one game and it’s all you can ask for as a player to get to Wembley and maybe finish the job off.

“We don’t think we could have got a tougher and a bigger game than we got last Friday night against Notts County at Meadow Lane.

“The pressure on ourselves was massive because we wanted to get to the final and to go down to a ground like Notts County, with the home record that they have and perform the way we did, it’s a good omen for all the players, never mind the young players.

“It was a really good performance from the whole team. Come Monday, that’s what we want again; everybody tearing it up and playing as well as they can and see how we go.”

The Sky Blues and Exeter both won a game a piece earlier in the season, with City taking all three points at the Ricoh and the Grecians snatching the three point at St James’ Park.

Doyle is expecting a tough game against an Exeter side who finished fourth in League Two, but with Max Biamou and Marc McNulty hitting form with four goals between them in the last two games, the Skipper is confident.

“The two games we’ve played against them this year have been fairly open games – end-to-end - and I think both teams will go out there and play football.

“It’s going to be exciting. I’m sure both teams will want to try to get control of the game.

“Hopefully we can come out on top. We had a good game against them at the Ricoh and when we went down to Exeter later on in the season, it was a tight game.

“We came out the back end of that with a defeat but I think anybody who was there would say we were unlucky that day.

“When you go back to the start of the season when players were looking for their first goal and there was pressure building from the outside. Just to see them turn a corner now and not really look back is brilliant.

“It gives all of us a lift when you’ve got players like that who can produce a goal. It’s also the players around them who can create and there have been some brilliant bits of team play.”

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