We wonder if Newcastle will keep Daryl Murphy in the first team squad next season, always assuming we can still get promoted and not completely mess up what’s been a pretty good season so far.
Daryl is so experienced and mature and so good in training and in the dressing room that Rafa may think he needs him to set an example.
And certainly when Daryl has played he has been able to score goals for us this season and he scored against his former club Ipswich on Monday in that was a very poor performances from Newcastle in the 3-1 defeat.
Daryl Murphy scoring on Monday
A good question is also how many goals could Daryl have scored if he had been the number one striker for Newcastle this season?
Daryl has six goals in 16 appearances this season, but he’s made only eight starts.
This is what Darryl has said as reported in the local papers today:
“The last game we played against Leeds, we were brilliant.”
“We were unfortunate to concede so late on, but I don’t think there are any excuses against Ipswich. We just weren’t good enough all over the pitch.”
“We need to be better than that. We’ve got three games left now. We just need to make sure we start picking up points.”
“We all know we’re better than that. We just didn’t perform. Whether that’s a mental thing or not, I don’t know.”
“The first half was pretty poor, so we’re obviously disappointed with not getting three points and the way we played.”
“In the dressing room it was just very down. Everyone was very disappointed. We know we’re much better than that.”
“There are some very good players in that dressing room.”
“I knew before the game that if I scored, I wouldn’t celebrate,”
“I had some good times here. “It was a bit of respect.” “The goal was for nothing, really. At the end of the day, we still lost.”
“We all know it was going to be a tough game. I’ve always said if I ever had to play against Ipswich, it would be a hard game.”
“They’re a physical and hard-working side with some good players in it.” “They made it difficult for us.”
“But we were nowhere near what we can be and what we should be.” “We can’t have any complaints about the result, as we weren’t good enough.”
“We can’t do anything about what the other teams do,” “It’s in our own hands. We just know we need to win the games and take maximum points.”
“We know if we pick up maximum points, we’re there. “We need to start doing it soon. We’ve got a bit of time to get our heads right and be fully focused.”
It’s probably now an advantage that we have two of our last three games at home.
The Geordie fans can help inspire the players to play as they did against Leeds United last Friday and get the 5 points we need – basically two home wins will do it whatever Huddersfield do.
We can still get automatic promotion but we will not be going up as Champions but hey – back in the Premier League is where we all want to be.
I’ll take that any day!
Howay The Lads!!