They may not know where he’s from, but Blackpool supporters are in no doubt about who Colin Doyle is after the goalkeeper’s outstanding display on Saturday.
The travelling Pool fans chanted “England’s number one” as Doyle made at least three huge saves to keep Scunthorpe at bay and inspire the Seasiders to their first win of the season.
All very complimentary, you’d think, apart from the fact he’s Irish!
The Cork born 30-year-old was delighted to play his part in what he hopes can be the start of a better spell for Neil McDonald’s men. “It was a vital win. I think we deserved it too,” Doyle said.
“We had a game plan and stuck to it well. You could hear the home fans getting frustrated.
“We managed to get a goal and we deserved a clean sheet in the end. We needed that win and hopefully we can push on.”
Pool have lost neither game in which Doyle has played and he made a number of superb stops as the Iron dominated.
But it was the reaction save from Paddy Madden which he remembers as the pick of the bunch.
“The header towards the end of the first half was probably my best save of the day,” he recalled.
“At the end of the day, I’m a goalkeeper and I’m here to make saves. It’s my job.
“I’m paid to keep the ball out of the net and luckily I was able to do that on Saturday.”
Doyle, who dislocated his shoulder on the opening day against Colchester, only returned to full training late last week and hopes his injury worries are behind him.
“I’m pleased to be back in and to have a clean sheet,” he added.
“It was just pleasing to get the win.
“The shoulder was fine. When the injury happened I feared the worst, but my shoulder feels strong now and on Saturday it was all good.”
Blackpool’s win took them off the foot of the table, with a trip to table-topping Gillingham to come this weekend.
McDonald is expected to opt for a defensive formation again, which could mean another busy afternoon for Doyle.
The keeper said: “We are looking forward to this week now before another long trip down to Gillingham.
“It will be a tough game, but if we can do what we did on Saturday and frustrate them again, hopefully we can pick up some points.”