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INTERVIEW: Michael Doyle On Late Equaliser

The skipper scored his first goal of the season...

4 November 2018

Sky Blues midfielder, Michael Doyle was relieved after his 86th minute goal secured a draw against Accrington Stanley at the Ricoh Arena.

Offrande Zanzala had given the visitors the lead in the second half, but a late goal from the captain saw City extend their unbeaten run to six games.

Speaking after the match, Doyle said: “It was a tough game. We knew it was going to be tough because Accrington work really hard and they kind of stopped us from playing.

“We had some great chances in the first half that didn’t go in and they obviously got the goal and came on strong in the second half.

“The difference for me this year is that we showed character there because last year we lost that game 2-0. We hung in there, it was tough, we kept going, it wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t going our way, but we managed to get the goal.”

The Irishman drew the Sky Blues level after Jodi Jones’ cross was fumbled by Stanley goalkeeper Connor Ripley and Doyle was on hand to prod home from close range.

He said: “It was the right place, right time.

“Jodi (Jones) has put a brilliant ball in and the keeper has put a strong hand out and I’ve just followed in.

“I’m just delighted to try and get back in to it. I was kind of hoping that we could go on and win it with a bit of momentum, but it could have gone either way.”

Despite snatching the late goal, Doyle was left frustrated that City only picked up a sole point as the Sky Blues went in search of a sixth straight win.

“I don’t think we were happy with the draw.” He said.

“I think with our performance we didn’t play as well as we could have today, but you have to give credit to Accrington because they work really hard, you know what they’re all about and they are a really dogged side and they’ve got good quality as well.

“First half we came out and we looked really good but just in that final third we didn’t take our chances.

“There is loads for us to work on and get better at but the good thing for me is that you’ve got lads in there that are disappointed with a draw and the performance. That’s great because that’s the mentality that the players are starting to have. The expectation is there of wanting to do better.”


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