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Mac: 'It would take a bonkers offer to sell Murphy'

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy believes it would take a "bonkers offer" to prise free-scoring Irish striker Daryl Murphy away from the club.

The powerful Waterford-born front man added a brace to his tally of 16 for the season in an emphatic 4-2 win at in-form Brentford.

His displays this season have led to rumours of a move away from Portman Road, but McCarthy will not let that enter his mind.

He said: "If we get a bonkers offer for him, it's beyond my control, but we are (temporarily) top of the league so why would we sell our best players?

"I'm not going to worry about it because it's something I can't effect."

Murphy gave his side the dream start after 19 seconds with a strike his manager admitted "changed the whole dynamic" of the game.

"To get a start like that against a team that's been dominant at home gives you a major advantage," McCarthy said.


"Brentford are a really good team and they were pressing to get back in the game, took chances and left Murph one on one which is always a mistake."

Murphy registered his and Town's second after just 21 minutes, outmuscling Tony Craig and rounding goalkeeper David Button to slot home, despite the defender's protests that he'd been clipped.

Paul Anderson slammed home former Bee Jay Tabb's low cross after half an hour and although substitute Sam Saunders scored two late consolations, Tommy Smith netted in-between to make sure the home side never threatened a comeback.

McCarthy, who said the gameplan to press Brentford high up worked to perfection, added: "At two down they were open. We were clinical today but that's not always been the case.

"Daryl is in a good vein of form and Tommy Smith isn't exactly known for chopping it back and bending it in the top corner."

Brentford boss Mark Warburton blamed three first half errors for the Tractor Boys' first-half blitz, but insisted there would be a reaction at Wolves on Sunday.

"To be three down at half-time against a side of that quality leaves you a mountain to climb, but we still looked to play and had some good passages of play," he said.

"There were three errors. We were hesitant and a little sloppy. I don't mind mistakes but we have to learn from them. They have had six shots on target and our keeper hasn't been tested in 90 minutes, which tells you a lot about the game."


He added: "We talked about imposing ourself and being brave before the game, but the early goal changed things and we looked tentative.

"That said, I'm pleased we have a game in two days to get it out of our system. Let's remember we are at Christmas with 40 points and in a good place."