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Monday 18 December 2017

Daryl: 'I needed rest'

Daryl Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile
Daryl Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile

Daryl Murphy says he's good to go with his club after taking a rest in the wake of Ireland's World Cup defeat to Denmark.

The veteran striker started both legs of the play-off and was then left out of the Nottingham Forest team by boss Mark Warburton for their next game, but Murphy returned, and scored the winner, in a midweek match against Norwich.

"I took a rest, had a few days off and I felt good. I felt fresh. Sometimes you need that," says Murphy ahead of Forest's game against Cardiff tomorrow.

"I want to play every game I can. But at the end of the day I know my body more than enough to know when I can give it all and when, equally, I am holding somebody else back who could do more than I could do in a game.

"Obviously to lose was devastating. Mentally, it was draining. But I am back now and I did feel the benefits of a rest," he added.

"It was hard to take; it was devastating. We were all absolutely gutted but you have to get back into things quickly. The greatest honour you have is to play for your country, but I am a Forest player.

"Forest pay my wages and I need to come back here and give everything for them."

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