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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Doyle delight as Coventry promoted

Coventry City 3 Exeter City 1 - League 2 Play-off Final

GOING UP: Coventry City’s Michael Doyle celebrates with the trophy after yesterday’s League Two Play-off Final win over Exeter City at Wembley. Photo: PA Wire
GOING UP: Coventry City’s Michael Doyle celebrates with the trophy after yesterday’s League Two Play-off Final win over Exeter City at Wembley. Photo: PA Wire

Former Ireland international Michael Doyle is on a high after leading Coventry City back into League One thanks to their Wembley success.

The Sky Blues had been demoted to the fourth tier but it was a brief stay, one season, as Mark Robins' outfit are now promoted, having beaten Exeter City 3-1 in the play-off final.

"It was a great performance, we worked so hard and the manager's tactics were spot-on," said Doyle after he lifted the trophy at Wembley.

"That game wasn't about performances, it was about winning, I have been here (Wembley) before and lost, so to come here and win was great. This club has had so many ups and downs over the years, but this is just the starting point for the club to build, we have the fans back with us, there's a great bond between the players and the fans, and we have to get that going again next season.

"We were the team in form at the end of the season, no one expected us to do this but we have done it. It's a massive club that's had bad times but it's all about building bridges now, we got the support back, the fans followed us through hard times but they stuck with us and we have given them a reward now," added the 36-year-old.

The win - thanks to second-half goals from Jordan Willis, Jordan Shipley and Jack Grimmer - was a major personal triumph for Dubliner Doyle, who only rejoined Coventry from Portsmouth at the start of last season.

The former Celtic player starred for Coventry between 2003-11 and was with the club when he won his only senior Ireland cap, in 2004. Coventry manager Mark Robins added: "I think it's a great achievement, it has been a really difficult season in a really tough league and I am thankful to get through," he said.

"It's a brilliant day for Coventry City and everyone connected with the club. I am so proud. It's great for the club and we are going to have another go. We will enjoy tonight.

"I am going to enjoy the moment, I am going to promise myself to enjoy this one. It's about uniting the club that was desperately in need of galvanising. I am delighted for everybody connected with the club."

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