Monday 20 November 2017

Daryl happy to take his opportunity

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy has ticked more than a few boxes in his long career.

And all of the chapters in his story so far - a second chance in England after his first spell there didn't work out, his new-found status as (temporary) first-choice striker for Ireland at the age of 32 - lead him to surmise that all things come to the man who waits.

Murphy is still waiting for one big moment in his career, his first international goal. And a chat with his family back home in Waterford has given the Ipswich striker, who ended a 14-game goal drought last weekend with a hat-trick for Ipswich Town - renewed hope that his debut goal will be a big one.


"I said to my Dad a while ago, 'I've still not scored for my country, I've had a few chances, I should have scored.' And he was like, 'Maybe you're waiting for a big game. Maybe it will be a goal that really matters.'

"And that's the way you have to think really, if involved or whatever, if I get a chance, I've got to take it," says Murphy, almost certain to start up front in Zenica as Shane Long is unlikely to be fit.

"It would be nice. I don't want to look back not having scored for my country. With a few appearances, you want to look back and say, 'Yeah I've scored for my country but it was a big goal for my country as well'," added Murphy, capped 17 times at senior level.

A few weeks ago, Murphy's club boss Mick McCarthy admitted that the player was low on confidence.

Having scored more league goals than any other player in the English leagues last season, Murphy couldn't buy a goal this term and went 14 successive games for Ipswich without scoring, before he unleashed a hat-trick against Rotherham last weekend.

"Have I broken my duck? Well it could be, hopefully that's the case. I knew I didn't want to come in without having scored for the club, that's one sure thing. Getting the hat-trick has given me a boost," he says.

"I think from the previous games, maybe I wanted to score too much that I was snatching at things whereas usually if you're after scoring before it comes naturally to you, what you do in front of goal and that.

"I was maybe trying a bit too hard. I was still working away on the training ground and finishing and stuff like that but it's different to game related stuff and you have a split second to make a decision on what you're going to do and if you make the pick the wrong choice you mightn't score. But I thought on Saturday I took advantage of the situation that I found myself in and I was happy with the finishing."

Now it's not about Rotherham, but all about breaching a hardy Bosnian defence.

"It's going to be tough. We know that. It's going to be a bit of a hostile atmosphere over there," he says of the small capacity in Zenica.

"We've to forget about all that and focus on what we need to do. We need a positive result coming back from Bosnia for the second game.

"We'll obviously want a draw at least. That would be good, to bring back home."

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