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Bradford City looking to double up at Dons
Nathan Doyle is eyeing an away-day double as the perfect build-up for City’s crack at the Capital One Cup final.
The midfielder netted twice in Tuesday’s emphatic 3-0 win at Wycombe – the Bantams’ first League Two victory of the year.
Now he is after more of the same at bottom club Wimbledon this weekend to get right back in the play-off picture before Wembley.
Doyle believes the result at Adams Park answered the criticism that City have been distracted by their approaching date with destiny – and he is adamant that everyone’s focus is purely on their next trip to London.
“Wembley’s not going to go away but we’ve got Wimbledon on Saturday first and that’s all we are looking at,” he said.
“That’s our next game and then after that we have a long week ahead of us to think about the final.
“I felt we were robbed a little bit against Gillingham. They had one shot, one goal and a lack of concentration cost us. We should have come away with a minimum of a point, if not all three.
“But to go to Wycombe, with the form that they are in, and get that win was magnificent.
“It shows how focused the lads were – not just those that started but the bench and the ones that were left out. They all helped us.
“We need to keep the winning mentality throughout the club and it would be tremendous if we could do the same at Wimbledon.
“Two away games is never easy when you’re travelling as far as London each time but we’ve got those three points to build on.”
Doyle’s goals were his first for over two years and doubled his league tally. He also never scored in his previous six-month stint at Valley Parade in 2006.
“It was good to break my duck at last and hopefully now I can get in and around the box a bit more and help out with the goal situation,” he said.
“I’ve had chances but it’s just my luck that the ball wasn’t going in. But as long as I’m doing my job for the team and we’re progressing, that’s all that matters.
“It wasn’t about me scoring two or Will (Atkinson), we needed those three points on the board to take into Saturday.
“But it’s good for the whole team to share goals around. Carl McHugh has scored a few this season and Ryan Dickson also got one against Fleetwood. It’s not just down to the strikers every week.”
City’s clean sheet was their first in eight games since New Year’s Day and marked the return of centre half Andrew Davies, who had been out since October.
Doyle said: “He did all right, bless him! But Dava’s like a rock – he heads everything, kicks everything and wears his heart on his sleeve.
“I’m sure he didn’t want to come off but it was a precaution. He’s not played any games for three or four months, so he’s only looking after himself with the busy period we’ve got coming up.”
Yesterday’s home reserve game against Chesterfield was postponed due to the snow.
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