'It was just banter' – Daryl Murphy responds to Mick McCarthy's 'leave your sister at home' jibe
Republic of Ireland striker Daryl Murphy has said recent comments from his Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy were made in jest and not to be taken seriously.
The Waterford man was speaking ahead of Friday's play-off first-leg against Bosnia in Zenica, and his hat-trick at the weekend was perfect timing with such an important game looming.
Manager Martin O'Neill will have been pleased to see Murphy end his barren start to the season with a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-2 win at Rotherham.
It lead to his club manager and former Ireland boss McCarthy quipping post-match that the striker had been playing as if he were his sister before that.
"It's just a little bit of banter between me and the manager. We always have it, but I had a giggle at that one, all right," he said.
Murphy led the line in the famous 1-0 win over Germany and with Shane Long a doubt for Friday, his return to form is perfectly timed should he be called into action against the Bosnians.
"It was nice - it was about time. It was nice to get on the scoresheet and up and running for the season.
"It was a little bit of relief. I had been getting chances in games previously, it was just a case of taking one. I have been playing well in the last few weeks, so I knew that I would get chances. It was just a case of putting one away."