Doyle challenges attacking talents to inspire Pompey

Michael Doyle is delighted to be joining forces with his old rival Gary Roberts at Pompey  Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle is delighted to be joining forces with his old rival Gary Roberts at Pompey Picture: Joe Pepler
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HE’S BEEN on the receiving end of both men’s match-winning quality.

Now, Michael Doyle is glad to be able to call on the talents of Kyle Bennett and Gary Roberts to open teams up.

The midfielder has pinpointed the players as two of the key additions for Paul Cook’s side in the coming season.

And he told them they are the people the Blues will be turning to for inspiration in the coming months.

Doyle looked on as Bennett scored two screamers against his Sheffield United side for Doncaster last season.

It was a clear example of what the attacking talent is capable of.

We’ll be looking towards these type of players to win us games.

Michael Doyle

Doyle believes he is working under the right manager in Paul Cook to bring those qualities to the surface.

He said: ‘I remember that game from Kyle last season. He could have had a hat-trick that day. He was unplayable.

‘I’ve played against the likes of Kyle when he won the league and got promoted with Donny.

‘He’s always been that type of exciting player, and with this manager, I think he will come to the fore.

‘The team are going to be built around people like him and Gary making things happen. They are just going to need to be consistent.

‘Gary’s brilliant at it and Kyle has all the ability in the world.

‘It’s just about having the consistency to do it week-in, week-out here because the expectation will be there.

‘We’ll be looking towards these type of players to win us games.

‘These are the kind of players who will be able to make a difference when games are tight.

‘These are the people who are going to pop up and win us games.

‘I’ve seen it with my own eyes from Kyle that night in Sheffield

‘He’s 30 yards out, beating two people and putting balls into the top corner. He can do that.’

It’s been mixed results for Doyle in his exchanges with Roberts over the year.

The 33-year-old helped guide Leeds to automatic promotion in 2010, beating Roberts’ Huddersfield to it in the process.

But the summer arrival from Chesterfield turned the table on Doyle when the Terriers beat Sheffield United on penalties in the League One play-off final three years ago.

Doyle said: ‘I’ve played against Gary and he’s been on the other end of it from me. I played against him for Leeds when he was at Huddersfield and we beat them to promotion.

‘But then he came and beat us (Sheffield United) in the play-offs on penalties.

‘So me and Gary know each other well. We’ve played against each other over the years. He’s a great player and I’m glad to be playing with him rather than against him.

‘We’ve got people like him and Kyle who can make things happen.’

The fact both Roberts and Bennett are prepared to drop down a division to play for Pompey speaks volumes to Doyle.

He said: ‘It shows you the appeal here because they wanted to come here and play and be part of something.

‘I’m sure they could have played at a higher level. A lot of people are champing at the bit to come here, do well and make a statement.’