Michael Doyle says Saturday’s Nottinghamshire Derby is the type of game every footballer loves to play in.
Notts County host Mansfield Town in a match dubbed the biggest in the history of the fixture due to the ramifications at either end of Sky Bet League Two.
And Doyle is excited by the occasion, not least because of what is at stake.
“These kind of games are what keep you going,” said the midfielder. “They’re the matches you want all the time.
“There’s nothing better than going out there in front of a big crowd to do your best for the team.
“When you face a team that are so close to you, there are bragging rights for the fans so as a player you carry that extra weight as well.
“It’s one of the biggest games for a long time because we both have everything to play for – plus it’s a derby and we know how much that means to people.”
The Irishman has quickly taken to life at Notts and the supporters have wasted no time in making their admiration of him known.
“I knew I couldn’t take three or four weeks to settle,” he said. “I had to come in and hit the ground running.
“Hopefully I’ve brought what the manager wanted and the fans have taken to me seamlessly, which has meant I’ve got the spark back immediately.
“I can feel myself getting my match fitness back and I hope I can bring more to the team.”
Doyle has formed an effective partnership with fellow midfielder Jim O’Brien and has also been impressed with Sam Stubbs and Ben Barclay since his arrival at the end of January.
“I’m enjoying playing alongside Jim because we have a good understanding and communicate well,” he said.
“The two youngsters behind us are constantly talking as well and that’s a massive help as a midfielder.
“Sometimes young lads struggle to find a voice but I’ve already noticed them directing people on the pitch and that makes my job a lot easier.
“There are some really good lads in the dressing room and we feel like things are changing so we need to keep our feet on the ground, continue what we are doing and carry on driving.”
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