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Doyle delighted with Blades' Cup upset


FORMER Ireland international Michael Doyle is eyeing up another meeting with Premier League opposition after Sheffield United knocked top flight side Aston Villa out of the FA Cup.

And the 32-year-old Dubliner insists that Saturday's 2-1 win for the Blades at Villa Park was not a stroke of luck but a well-deserved Cup success.

One of the highlights of Doyle's career came ten years ago when he won his first – and last – senior international cap in a 1-0 win away to Holland in a friendly under Brian Kerr.

Since then, in his spells with Coventry, Leeds and now Sheffield United, he has been out of the limelight but he enjoyed his moment of fame on Saturday as the Tallaght man captained the Blades side which embarrassed a strong Villa side, Ryan Flynn (inset) scoring the winner for Doyle's outfit nine minutes from time.

"It was an outstanding performance," said Doyle after he led United to their win, a victory which put Nigel Clough's side into the fourth round and a meeting with the winners of the Fulham-Norwich City replay.

"Coming to a place like Villa Park, you need 11 big performances and we got that, we were brilliant. We had to be patient, we knew we'd get chances in the game but we also had to have patience and frustrate them and we got our just rewards, we could have won by more.

"We had 6,000 fans there at the game on Saturday and they deserved it more than anyone else. We haven't had the best of seasons this year but to get 6,000 travelling to an away game sums up this club. They haven't had a lot to cheer about this season so that win was for them," added Doyle.

Villa fans showed their anger by greeting the final whistle with boos.

"The fans pay their money to come to watch and that is part of the game," said Villa boss Paul Lambert.

"It is up to us to give them something to be happy about and we have not done that. Everybody knows I am not the happiest person when we lose.

"I am bitterly disappointed, especially after a really good win on Wednesday. I picked a really strong side to try to get through."

Lambert was widely criticised for his pre-match comments when he said the FA Cup was a "distraction" for Premier League managers but he later claimed that his views were exaggerated.