CITY 3 SAINTS 1: TOMMY DOYLE REACTION
Tommy Doyle hailed the help of his City colleagues after realising a lifelong dream by making his first team debut in our 3-1 Carabao Cup last 16 win against Southampton.
The 18-year-old grandson of City legends Glyn Pardoe and the late, great Mike Doyle played the full 90 minutes against the Saints and produced an assured all-round display.
And as he reflected on the experience, Doyle said he was living every fans’ dream in playing as part of Pep Guardiola’s star-studded side.
"It was something I have worked really hard for," said Doyle.
"My mum started crying when I told her I was playing and my dad was just buzzing - I spoke with my granddad as well and he was very calm because he's done it all before.
"It's just fantastic to carry on the Doyle legacy.
“I’m used to watching guys like Bernardo and Phil as a fan, so to play with them is fantastic… it means so much,” said the 18-year-old.
“Guys like Bernardo, Phil and the other guys… they make it easy for you.
“You give them the ball and keep it simple. You don’t need to overdo things.
“Being with them they give you a lot of information and make it easy.
“They have also shown me that it’s important to go out and work hard and let your football do the talking.”
And having been given a taste of first team football, Doyle said the experience had made him hungry for more first team opportunities.
“I just want to listen and learn and from everyone here to keep pushing and developing,” the midfielder added.
“I’m going to keep working hard, keep listening to every bit of information from the staff and players
“And it’s definitely given me the hunger and taste to keep pushing on and learning.”