Tuesday 12 December 2017

Doyle hoping Leeds heroics can boost his Ireland claims

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

GIANT-killing specialist Michael Doyle is praying that his exploits for Leeds United at Old Trafford will alert Giovanni Trapattoni to his existence.

The 28-year-old Dubliner has enjoyed a remarkable record in cup matches in recent times, with Sunday's success following on from a win at the same venue with Coventry in 2007. During his time at the Sky Blues, the central midfielder also managed two FA Cup successes over Blackburn, but he is frustrated not to have added to the solitary Ireland cap that he won five years ago as a substitute against Holland.

Doyle dropped into League One to join Leeds on a season-long loan but he hopes it is a move to a club of the stature to propel him back to the international scene.

"I'm not going to come out and start shouting my mouth off because I played against Manchester United and got a result," he said last night.

"But in the previous seven seasons I played over 300 games for Coventry in the Championship. I wouldn't say I was overlooked, but previous (Ireland) managers probably felt I wasn't playing well enough.

"I'm a bit of a forgotten man in League One but a cup run might get a bit of attention back towards me. I feel I should have more caps than I do. Hopefully, I can show people I can do a job for the Irish team if they need me."

Doyle relished being involved in a famous win for Leeds and believes the secret was the manner in which they showed no fear and managed to unsettle vaunted opponents like Dimitar Berbatov.

"On days like that when things weren't going for him, he looked an average player," Doyle told Newstalk's Off the Ball last night, "We got stuck in and didn't give him an inch. He's probably used to people standing off him."

Irish Independent

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