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Striker Murphy keen to top 20-goal mark

IRELAND striker Daryl Murphy says he's determined to break the 20-goal barrier for the first time in his career.

In his 12 seasons in senior football before the current campaign, the striker's best return from a season was a 14-goal haul with Waterford United, in 2004.

Midway through the following season he earned his move to Mick McCarthy's Sunderland but he managed to hit double figures in just two seasons in his time with Sunderland, Celtic and Ipswich.

But this term he's been on fire and notched his 19th league goal of the season for Ipswich in their midweek win over Sheffield Wednesday, so goal No. 20 could come today away to Fulham.

"I want to get there as soon as I can and then get even more from there," said Murphy.

"I always liked to think that I would get 20 in a season at some stage in my career. I know I've never been prolific, but any time I've had a run of games as a striker, I've scored a decent amount. I always knew it was in there.

"The gaffer has shown real faith in me though and when he gave me the number nine shirt that gave me a real boost in confidence," added Murphy, who is also benefiting from working with McCarthy's assistant, Terry Connor.

"If I'd have trained with him when I first came over to England, I could have been a better player than I am now because he's really done wonders for me finishing-wise. He goes into details about the runs you make and a lot of my goals have come as a direct result of that."

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