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Thursday 14 December 2017

Celebrations as dazzling Daryl hits 21

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MICK McCarthy reckons that Daryl Murphy's fine run of form with Ipswich Town is down to the fact that the much-travelled striker is settled at last.

The Waterford native (pictured) scored both goals in Ipswich's 2-1 win away to Fulham to take his tally for the season to 21, the best haul of Murphy's 13-season career and also becoming the first Ipswich player to break the 20-goal mark since 2000.

Recently recalled to the Ireland squad on the back of his Ipswich form, Murphy has struggled in his career due to an ill-fated move to Celtic, loan spells and being played out of position but McCarthy knows why the former Waterford United man is on fire.

"I keep having to answer the same question and I keep answering it the same way. He's settled, he's got the number nine, he's a centre forward. He's not playing wide left or wide right or doing anything else. He's living in the area, he's not on loan any more," says McCarthy.

"He was given the number nine and he works damned hard with TC (coach Terry Connor) in front of goal. We've been here for two years so he's been doing that work for two years and it's paying off. TC is as good a coach as I've seen with the strikers, he's excellent."

Irish players are flourishing at Ipswich under the ex-Ireland boss this season as Dylan Connolly, only signed from Shelbourne two weeks ago, was promoted to the squad for Saturday but Noel Hunt is an injury concern.

"He's got a sore knee so I'm not going to make any judgements until Monday when it's cooled down and we can get a scan done," says McCarthy.

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