Saturday 1 October 2016

Confident Murphy targets play-off joy

Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30

Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy scored 27 goals to finish as the leading scorer in the Championship
Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy scored 27 goals to finish as the leading scorer in the Championship

Daryl Murphy believes that he will score for Ipswich in today's promotion play-off semi-final first leg against Norwich after regaining the form that inspired his charge to the top of the Championship goalscoring charts.

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The Waterford man scored 27 goals to finish as the leading scorer in the regular season with an outstanding run around Christmas giving him a huge lead.

A barren spell followed but he finished his best ever campaign on a high and is back in the zone ahead of the first leg of the eagerly-anticipated derby encounter.

"My real hot streak was around Christmas and I just thought, 'I'm going to score', every time I stepped on the pitch," said Murphy.

"It wasn't a case of, 'If I get a chance I might score', I just knew I was going to score. That's the confidence I had. It was mad.

"We all know that you go through a few dry patches, I've had mine, but I've come back again and scored a few more.

"I scored two in our last game (at Blackburn) and I can take real confidence from the fact that the goals are flowing again. I'm back to believing I'll score every game."

Meanwhile, Paul McGrath has revealed that he played a role in the formative stages of Murphy's career. The Irish legend had a stint as director of football at Waterford United when the striker was making his way in the game.

"He was always comfortable on the ball," said McGrath. "I was a bit worried about the aerial side and had a little chat with him. He was a little shy about getting off the ground, but he's grown into a powerful kid. He's done magnificent. I didn't think back then he'd go on to do what he's doing now. I'm thrilled for him."

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