Doyle: Someone is going to get a hiding

Michael Doyle Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle Picture: Joe Pepler

MICHAEL DOYLE believes Pompey are set to dish out a thrashing.

The Blues skipper feels his team’s attacking philosophy will soon see a rival side on the end of a heavy defeat.

I’m sure someone is going to be on the end of a heavy defeat.

Michael Doyle

But Doyle warned Mansfield arrive at Fratton Park tomorrow as a serious threat to his side’s aims of returning to the League Two summit.

Pompey look to improve their home form against the Stags after the frustration of Stevenage’s stoppage-time leveller in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw.

Doyle underlined the confidence is flowing in his side, along with a conviction about where this season is headed.

The 34-year-old believes that, married with the attacking principles instilled by manager Paul Cook, will soon see an opponent take a battering.

Doyle said: ‘The confidence is there. The thing about this team is it has character and belief, and I think it shows.

‘We play whether it’s away or at home. We always come out and try to win the game. We play the right way and we’re positive.

‘There’s character from the players and manager to do that. We try to play on the front foot.

‘We’re never negative. We try to impose ourselves on every game and will keep doing that.

‘I’m sure someone is going to be on the end of a heavy defeat. That’s not being disrespectful.

‘Eventually our quality will come through, and that will happen in the end.

‘I’ve no doubt whatsoever that will soon happen.

‘When we kick into gear we’ll hopefully be that steam train we want to be and people expect us to be.’

Doyle is certain Mansfield will provide a stiff test of Pompey’s credentials as they look to extend a run of just a single defeat from 14 league games tomorrow.

Adam Murray’s side have won four of their past five games and currently sit two places below the Blues in the league table.

The game marks the return of Craig Westcarr, who left for Field Mill last summer after scoring seven goals last term for Pompey.

Doyle believes his strike partnership with Matt Green is one Cook’s side must be wary of.

He said: ‘It’s a big game because Mansfield themselves have intentions of winning the league.

‘I think they have been quite clear and have come out and said that.

‘People may think they aren’t the most attractive of teams but they’ve signed good players.

‘They’ve made a statement with the people they’ve signed.

‘Westcarr’s got quality and is a good player.

‘I’ve played against him at Walsall and if he has a chance he’ll take it.

‘Him and the boy Green, the two of them have the quality to hurt them. It’s fourth v second and it’s a big game.

‘I’m sure we can shake off Stevenage and be ready for them.’