Hat-trick hero Doyle is spot on for Leam
EOIN Doyle was transformed from villain to hero for Chesterfield, missing a penalty before an 18-minute hat-trick fired them to a comfortable victory.
The Irish striker took his tally for the season to eight but only after he had whacked a spot-kick against the bar shortly after his side had fallen behind against the struggling Iron.
And, perhaps fittingly after his earlier miss, it was from the penalty spot that Doyle completed his treble.
“He’s a confident lad, is Doyley,” beamed Chesterfield assistant manager Leam Richardson.“He scores goals and I was made up for him when he went and got the ball for the second penalty.
“He’s had a great start to the season and so have we. It’s nice to be fourth, but we won’t get carried away.
“The first half we were a bit flat.We hadn’t played for a week or so and it showed.
“But at half-time the manager said that he wanted us to move the ball a little bit quicker and be a bit more positive with our passing and our movement off the ball.
“The second half was much more of a spectacle and there was everything – goals, penalties, yellow cards and free-kicks.
“The goal woke us up, but from then on I thought we were fantastic.”
But for half-chances, which included an acrobatic effort from home debutant Sam Clucas, the first half was forgettable.
There was certainly no suggestion of what was to come after the break, which began just 30 seconds in when Paddy Madden finished from close range.
The goal proved the start of a frenetic 15 minutes in which the Spireites eventually wrestled control of the game – with Doyle at the heart of it.
Within five minutes of seeing his first spot kick smack the face of the bar, the Irishman had turned to fire in. In the 64th minute, Doyle was equally as clinical and he completed a memorable afternoon soon after when presented with another opportunity from 12 yards.
Sam Morsy wrapped the victory up with a breakaway strike in the 89th minute, to pile further misery – and pressure – on Iron boss Russ Wilcox.
“There were lots of pleasing aspects in the first half, but then we fell away, which was the most disappointing we’ve been this season,” he said.
“We went from a team that looked quality and was creating opportunities to one that was disjointed and misshaped.
“We need people to stand up and be counted when the going gets tough. In the last seven games we’ve had clean sheets at half-time but we’ve fallen away.”
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