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Doyle-Hayes hails belief in the camp heading into the play-offs

12 June 2020

Jake Doyle-Hayes is getting himself set for his first ever experience of the play-offs ahead of Cheltenham's semi-final legs against Northampton Town next week.

The 21-year-old has yet to experience the drama of the end of season play-offs in his relatively short senior career so far.

He's aiming to cap his season-long loan at Cheltenham from Premier League outfit Aston Villa by helping the Robins earn promotion to League One.

Though inexperienced when it comes to play-off matches, the talented central midfielder is boosted by the experienced heads he has around him in the squad, and the strong belief that has been a part of the squad all season.

"Everyone has got tunnel vision," he said. "We want to win the play-offs and I think everyone believes that we can. Once everyone believes we have a good chance.

"It helps that we've got players in the team that are experienced and have played in big games before.

"Obviously I haven't played in the play-offs before so to lean on them for a bit of experience is good. There's a good mix in the group.

"In terms of myself it's not overthinking the game - it's just another game."

Watch the full interview with Doyle-Hayes at the top of the page as he discusses how he's stayed fit during lockdown, how he prepares for big games, and the experience that the play-offs will bring him and his career moving forward.

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