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Ireland's Daryl Murphy. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/ Sportsfile

Ireland's Daryl Murphy. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/ Sportsfile

Ireland's Daryl Murphy. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/ Sportsfile

MICK McCARTHY hailed the form of Ipswich's Ireland striker Daryl Murphy after the Waterford lad inspired the Tractor Boys to a vital win, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

A morale-boosting 2-0 win at promotion rivals Brighton leaves Ipswich five points off the play-offs and Murphy played a key role, scoring one goal and creating another. "If he's ever played better than that I want to see it. He's up there on his own, he runs the channels, he comes back and defends. It was a great goal for him and he deserved it for his performance," said boss McCarthy.

Saturday's goal against the Seagulls has taken Murphy's goal tally for the season into double figures, the best season in some years for the 30-year-old, who earlier this month made his return to the international scene when he came on as a sub in the defeat to Serbia, his first cap in six years. Boss McCarthy hopes that recent form can see Ipswich push into the play-offs.

"We've still got a chance," he says.

"We're playing Derby tomorrow and Nottingham Forest on Saturday. I kept saying we'd know where we are at the end of that week. Maybe we won't with the way results are going. There are lot of us all still in the mix. It's lovely that we've still got a chance."


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