My son Neil and I were talking last night about how well Daryl Murphy has done at Newcastle over the last two weeks when he has scored three goals in three games for us and of course he’s never been at a club as big as Newcastle.
Coming to the end of his long career could well see him become a hero at Newcastle in what we are hoping is another promotion season for the club.
And as we all know from the past, Geordie fans never forget the players who get us back to the first tier of English football and Daryl can go down in the annals of Newcastle’s great history – and he seems to know that too.
Daryl Murphy – becoming a Newcastle hero – quickly
Daryl scored the all important first goal on Saturday against the Millers and it was a very good goal from the big Irishman.
That turned the tide in the game against a Rotherham team who completely frustrated Newcastle in the first half.
A quick goal from Matt Ritchie in the second half sealed the game for Newcastle with more goals coming from Ayoze Perez and another one from Ritchie.
It’s becoming a bit of a fairy tale for Daryl, who gave a great interview on nufcTV after the game on Saturday in that great Irish accent of his.
Here’s what Daryl has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“I scored two goals the previous week at Brentford and Birmingham, but I said to my wife and kids there would be nothing better than to score at home in front of 52,000 fans and that was definitely the case, it was absolutely brilliant.”
”I want to be pushing to win stuff and play in front of 52,000 people. I just want to test myself really before I finish and I don’t think there’s a better club to come to do that.”
“Everyone wants to be beat us, we are top of the league and that’s just the way it is.”
“It gives them more motivation and it’s hard for us, but we know if we play the way we can, we can beat any team on the day.”
“The opening goal was good timing really, just before half-time.” “For them to concede just before half-time makes it a different team-talk for their manager.”
“I think the first goal is always important here and in the second half we just kicked on – as soon as we were in front we knew we had to push on and get some more goals.”
“We created a lot of chances and thankfully we took some of them, in the end it was quite comfortable.”
“The service I get is brilliant and you just have to be in and around the box on the move because when the delivery comes in, the ball can go anywhere.”
“I try to place myself in the best position scoring-wise and thankfully the ball dropped to me and I scored.”
“We knew going into the Rotherham game if we won, we’d be top of the league, it’s as simple and straightforward as that so we knew what we had to do.”
Good words there from the former Ipswich Town striker.
We make his goal on Saturday Daryl’s 85th in the Championship in 279 total league games in England’s second division.
He’s played for Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday (loan), Ipswich Town and now Newcastle in the Championship.
Rafa Benitez has been going on about how good a professional Daryl is and how he has worked very hard in training even when he hasn’t had a sniff of a game.
Good character and great experience is paying off and Daryl Murphy could well become the unlikely hero – well at least one of the heroes – on Tyneside this season.
Good for him!
Rafa knew exactly what he was doing when he raised eyebrows by bringing the 33 year-old into the club in late August – the manager’s vast experience in football has paid off again for Newcastle – and Daryl has been worth every penny we paid for him.