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INTERVIEW: Michael Doyle Reflects On Play-Off First Leg

The Sky Blues drew 1-1 at the Ricoh...

13 May 2018

Sky Blues captain Michael Doyle believes him and his team mates battled hard and showed great spirit to get back into the game against Notts County last night.

City fell a goal behind when Jonathan Forte scored for the visitors early in the second half, but the Sky Blues were rewarded for their efforts when they equalised through Marc McNulty’s penalty.

With the scores level at one a piece heading into Friday night’s second leg, it’s all to play for at Meadow Lane and the Skipper believes if City can show a bit more quality in front of goal then they have every chance of getting to Wembley.

He said: “It was tough first half. It hasn’t rained in weeks and then we get it all at once and the pitch was actually the best it has been all season but it was a bit water logged.

“I thought we played really well in the first half and we had some great chances when we played through the lines, but second half was tough.

"They came at us and battled and they’re a fairly physical side and they got that goal and we kind of went out the game and got a bit deep and a bit tired.

“But we got the penalty and got ourselves back into the game and showed great spirit and we battled hard and when the goal went in I thought the crowd were fantastic.

“It was just what we needed, they picked us up and it was nice to get the reward for them and it keeps us well in the tie.

“I think we need to do the same again when we go there and battle hard but I think we need to show a bit more quality on the ball because I thought second half we didn’t have as much quality as we should have probably.”

City will travel to Meadow Lane for the second leg next week with a following of over 4,000 supporters in the away end.

Doyle is hoping that if City can take their chances next week then they will have enough to get past Kevin Nolan’s side.

“We will have  a great backing when we go there for the second leg like we did when we went there earlier in the season.

“We need more of the same tonight, but a bit more quality and hopefully take some of them chances because we had some great chances in the first half.

“Unfortunately we hit the post as well and I think they only had one chance and they scored it so that’s the difference, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying the lads are working hard.”

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