Doyle driven to avoid misery

Doyle: Hungry to recover from defeat

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Sheffield United captain Michael Doyle is doubly determined to secure automatic promotion next season to avoid anymore play-off heartache.

The Blades lost their fourth play-off final when losing out 8-7 to Huddersfield in a gripping penalty shootout at the weekend and as he fought back the tears Doyle vowed to come back stronger than ever.

The 30-year-old Irishman said: "I'm more determined than ever. I was so determined this year, but I'm going to be more determined than ever. I'm going to be so hungry to come back.

"I can't wait for pre-season to come back and put this right. We had one of the best sides in the league and I still stand by that and it's going to be the same next year. I want to go and win the league and not go through this misery again."

The Blades skipper led his team-mates over to acknowledge Huddersfield's jubilant fans after United goalkeeper Steve Simonsen had missed the decisive penalty.

Doyle added: "The manager and (coach Chris Morgan) Morgs got us together. The two sets of fans were amazing. It was a big Yorkshire derby and they both got right behind their teams, they were both amazing. We're gutted for our fans, but we had to give them credit, they were brilliant and it's the least we could do, so good luck to them. Hopefully that will be us next year and we can go and join them in the Championship."