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'It could be 6-6!' Doyle backs himself on goal trail as Bolton take on Lincoln

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karlypants

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'It could be 6-6!' Doyle backs himself on goal trail as Bolton take on Lincoln 12907505

Eoin Doyle fancies his chances of another goal-filled season at Wanderers.

The Irishman, who last season became the first Bolton player to top a dozen league goals since 2002, got himself off the mark from the penalty spot on Saturday at Wimbledon.

Despite the step-up in level, Doyle feels confident he will get more opportunities to score in a team which has excelled in their opening two games, at least in an attacking sense.

And though he is notoriously protective of his goalscoring targets, he admits the prospect of spearheading the current team is an appetising one.

“I think I’ll get more chances because of the way we play – but not just me, people like Josh (Sheehan) are getting on the end of stuff, Sarce (Antoni Sarcevic) always makes the box and will score, and the two wide men are off the mark as well. It’s good.

“I have played League One and Two a lot over the years, and the way I sum it up is League Two you will score more goals from opposition mistakes. League One, I actually find it one of the better ones in the pyramid because everyone is going for it all the time, it is very open.

“You will see games through this season where the goals come from counter attacks, one second you are defending and in a heartbeat the ball is in the back of the net.”

Wanderers found that out to their cost on Saturday as a 3-1 lead at Plough Lane was whittled down in 60 manic seconds.

Doyle believes the frailties which have been on show in the opening couple of games will soon be rectified.

“Just on the defence, I think it will be shored up soon,” he said. “Last season we worked out where we were and there are lads back there who are also chasing fitness so it will come good, I am confident of that.”

Last season, one of Evatt’s main gripes was that his team relied too heavily at times on Doyle to score goals.

His 19 proved invaluable, with Sarcevic and Nathan Delfouneso next on the list with eight apiece.

This season, Sheehan’s fine start has caught the eye but Dapo Afolayan, Amadou Bakayoko and even Alex Baptiste have also netted in the opening two games.

“I wish it was all me, to be honest. I like to see my name in the paper on a Sunday morning,” Doyle laughed.

“It is an enjoyable team to play in, the way we play, we get the ball out wide and you can see how good the full-backs are in the attacking areas.

“There are loads of options up there, it’s tough. Nathan didn’t even make the squad against Wimbledon, and he is a big player for the club.

“That is what it is like in training. There is never a day where someone takes their foot off the gas, and it is good to keep the lads on their toes. It will help success on the pitch.”

Though there was a bitter taste left in the mouth by Wimbledon’s comeback at the weekend, Doyle still believes it has been a good start to life in League One, particularly when compared to 12 months ago.

“You need to look at it in a positive way,” he said. “Since Christmas we haven’t lost many matches.

“We are a good side and I am confident we can be competitive.”

A reasonable yardstick may be provided at Sincil Bank tonight, where promotion hopefuls Lincoln City will be looking to preserve their own unbeaten start.

Michael Appleton’s side beat Fleetwood at the weekend and will be looking to go one better than last season, when they were beaten by Blackpool in the play-off final.

“They had a great year last year, just missing out, and they are very attacking. It might be six-six the way things are going,” Doyle said.

“They are an energetic and young side and there are a few Irish lads in there, so I will keep my eye on them.”

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wanderlust

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My ticker couldn't cope with 12 goals in a game - it's been bad enough watching two 3 all draws. A twelve goal thriller would probably finish me off.

boltonbonce

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@wanderlust wrote:My ticker couldn't cope with 12 goals in a game - it's been bad enough watching two 3 all draws. A twelve goal thriller would probably finish me off.
I started giving 50p a Bolton goal to a local dog charity when I was in work, and have continued in retirement, so if they keep this up I'll be skint.

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