Boss hails ‘matchwinning’ keeper Doyle

Blackpool keeper Colin Doyle pulled off a number of fine saves on Saturday
Blackpool keeper Colin Doyle pulled off a number of fine saves on Saturday
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Blackpool have keeper Colin Doyle to thank for Saturday’s long-awaited win.

The Irishman, returning from injury for only his second Seasiders appearance, made a host of stunning saves and was named man of the match at Scunthorpe.

While Brad Potts claimed the headlines with his winner, manager Neil McDonald had no doubts about his star man.

The Pool boss said: “Colin’s saves were as good as a goal. Match-winning saves certainly help the team.

“If we get breached, then it’s down to the keeper to make the saves and he made a couple of brilliant ones. I’m well chuffed for him.”

The 30-year-old former Birmingham stopper, who injured a shoulder on the opening day at Colchester, was thrown straight back into the side and repaid McDonald with an eye-catching double save from Kevin van Veen in the first half.

Doyle also defied cramp to pull off the save of the day with 11 minutes left, reacting brilliantly to deny Paddy Madden from point-blank range.

McDonald added: “We’ve missed Colin and that’s no disrespect to Kyle Letheren, who I feel sorry for. “Colin got cramp and made some brilliant saves despite that.

“I was really pleased with his performance. He has a real calming effect on the team and the clean sheet was great.”

The defeat piled pressure on Iron boss Mark Robins, who said: “I didn’t think it was good enough but we had 10 or 11 shots on target, so we could have won the game easily.

“They set up for a point and came away with all three, so they’ll be absolutely delighted. For us it’s devastating.”