MICHAEL Doyle is calling on Sheffield United’s “unbelievable” fans to keep the faith heading into the League One play-offs, saying: “Hopefully we can give them a day out at Wembley.”
Having been pipped to the second automatic promotion spot by Sheffield Wednesday, Danny Wilson’s troops face Stevenage knowing they are three games away from sealing an immediate return to the Championship.
The Blades travel to the Lamex Stadium for the first match of their two-legged play-off semi-final meeting on Friday before hosting the return at Bramall Lane on Monday and Doyle is backing the supporters to play a big role in the tie.
“They [the fans] have been unbelievable,” the tough-tackling midfielder told The Star. “They set their standard against Oldham on the opening day of the season.
“We know we are going to have a full allocation on Friday and it will be a sell-out on Monday.
“The fans will turn out in their numbers like they have done all season and we want to do it for them. This is their club and hopefully we can give them a day out at Wembley.
“They can roar us on to victory. We have won so many games away from home this season because we have had the 12th man of the fans.
“At every ground we have gone to, they have overpowered everybody and outsung the home fans. It has just been brilliant.”
United have been allocated 1,390 tickets for the trip to Stevenage, kick-off 7.45pm. Adults are priced at £23 and concessions £20, £16 under-18s and £12 U-11s.
Doyle said: “The fans always get right behind us. There has not been one bit of negativity from them all season. They have been brilliant. We just need them to keep at it and be as positive as they have been all season and hopefully we can reward them.”
Wilson accepts United are favourites, having finished 17 points ahead of Stevenage in the regular league season.
However, the Blades failed to beat Stevenage on both occasions last term, losing 2-1 in Hertfordshire and drawing 2-2 at Bramall Lane.
Doyle recognises they will pose a significant threat, adding: “It would be dangerous to underestimate Stevenage because they are a good side.”