Hat-trick hero Doyle is spot on for Leam

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Lee Jones

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.”

STAR MAN EOIN DOYLE Ch­este

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