Monday 21 January 2019

Chart-topper Doyle

FORMER League of Ireland star Eoin Doyle has been praised after the Chesterfield man stormed to the top of the scoring charts in England.

The Dubliner scored a hat-trick for Chesterfield in Saturday's 4-1 League One win over Scunthorpe United - Paddy Madden was on target for the opposition - to take his tally to eight goals in seven games in all competitions this season.

With seven goals in the league Doyle is up there with the best as only Chelsea's Diego Costa has scored as many.

"Eoin is a confident lad," said Chesterfield assistant boss Leam Richardson.

"He scores goals and he made up for his penalty miss by going to take the next one to finish with a hat-trick and we're all made up for him."

Doyle, 26, cut his teeth in the League of Ireland with Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers, and moved across the water to join Pat Fenlon's Hibs in 2012. Ex-Sligo boss Paul Cook lured him to Chesterfield in 2013 and he's scored 18 league goals in 49 league games for the side.

Also in League One, Barnsley boss Danny Wilson praised former Ireland U21 cap Conor Hourihane after he delivered two goals in a 5-3 defeat to MK DOns.

"He's had a fantastic start but I'm not amazed at the goals he's scored because that's the quality he's got," says Wilson.

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