Daryl Murphy seemed pleased enough with his debut for Newcastle last night and his only regret was that he didn’t score in the 2-0 EFL 3rd round Cup win over Wolves, although he went very close late in the game.
The 33-year-old former Ipswich striker started the game and played the full 90 minutes in what turned out to be a fairly easy win for the lads after two great goals from Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouffran in three minutes in the first half put the home side on top.
Daryl Murphy in action last night
After the game the 33 year-old Irish International was interviewed on the Newcastle web-site and this is what he had to say:
“It was nice to get the start, and to start at home. It was good to get the full 90 minutes, get the win and keep a clean sheet – the only thing I’m disappointed with is that I didn’t score, but that’ll come.”
“It was a good crowd here tonight, and I’ve been itching to go since I signed, to be honest. But I knew I had to be patient and I knew I’d get a chance at some stage, so I just had to be ready.”
“The result is the main thing, and it’s what we wanted. We know we can play a lot better. We could have had more, but we’re happy with the win and the clean sheet.”
“We know what happened at the weekend, and we just wanted to get back to winning ways really.”
“I think it’s important in any game we play, whether it’s the cup or the league, that you continue the momentum, and thankfully we won tonight.”
“It was important to win after Saturday’s league defeat, but I’ve been in this league long enough to know that anyone can beat anyone on any given day.”
“This league is just mad – it was a little blip, and it was important that we got back to winning ways.”
“This is a chance for us. We’ve got a big squad, so we can chop and change players as the gaffer sees fit. A cup run would be nice, and we need to keep that momentum going.”
“It’s been great. I knew a few of the lads when I came in anyway, which always helps, but the other lads have been brilliant with me and have helped me settle in.”
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it so far.” “I knew it was a big challenge when I signed here, but that’s what you need.”
“You need something to strive towards and in my case I want to play, so I need to show the manager when I get a chance that I can do what he wants me to do.”
“We’ve got great competition for places and any of the lads could play, and it’s good for the squad that we’ve got that.”
“You need that, and you know you’re going in the right direction if you have everyone pulling in the same way.”
“We can go there (Aston Villa) with confidence. They’ll be good, we know that, and they’re at home, but I think we just need to play our football.”
“We create a lot of chances in games, so we just need to take them when they come along, but it’ll be tough.”
Murphy almost scored very late in the game but the ball was deflected over the cross-bar, but Murphy looked good on the night according to reports.
Next up is a tough game at Villa Park on Saturday in the Championship and it will be interesting to see what the team is for that game after Rafa made 8 changes for the game last night from the team that played so poorly and was beaten 2-0 last Saturday.