Doyle: It’s about the title - not my form

Pompey skipper Michael Doyle Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey skipper Michael Doyle Picture: Joe Pepler
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MICHAEL DOYLE dismissed his impressive Pompey form and insisted: It’s about winning the league.

The skipper played down his fine displays for the Blues and underlined his desire to go up this season as champions.

I will be happier when we are top of the league or we win the league

Michael Doyle

Doyle’s combative style has caught the eye in recent weeks, with the midfielder delivering some forceful form.

The 34-year-old admitted he is content with his displays – but isn’t looking for any plaudits.

Pompey go into tomorrow’s game against Wycombe in fourth spot in the table.

With the gap six points to leaders Plymouth, the target is still firmly about finishing top for Doyle.

He said: ‘I’m not one to worry too much about my own form.

‘I have always been about the team. I’m happy but I will be happier when we are top of the league or we win the league. I came here to get promoted, to win this league.

‘I’m quite open about saying that, and I know how much it would mean to people and I know how much it would mean to me.

‘The sacrifices that you make through the year will hopefully be worth it.’

Doyle has proved himself to be exactly the kind of player he was billed as when arriving from Sheffield United in the summer.

The Irishman has been an influential figure in his 17 appearances so far this season.

He stressed he isn’t looking at things from a personal point of view, though.

‘I will always do what the manager needs me to do to make the team better,’ said Doyle.

‘I will always try to play as well as I can and get on the ball. I hope I can get better and start scoring a few goals – that would be great.

‘But to me, it’s always about putting the team first – that’s the way I have been through my career.

‘As long as we end up winning at the end of the game, that’s all that’s important to me.’

– JORDAN CROSS