Saturday 19 January 2019

Home goal a boost for Newcastle star Murphy

Daryl Murphy. Pic: PA
Daryl Murphy. Pic: PA

Daryl Murphy says he's relieved to have finally announced himself to the Newcastle United fans by scoring his first goal on home soil for the Magpies.

After a frustrating spell with injury, the 33-year-old is in superb form and his goal in a weekend win over Rotherham was his third in three games but his first goal at St James' Park.

"I scored two goals the previous week (away to Brentford and Birmingham City) 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," says Murphy, who made his first league start for United in that win. "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. I don't think there's a better club to come to to do that."

That win allowed Newcastle go back on top of the Championship table, having surrendered leadership to Brighton for a brief spell, and Murphy insists that Rafael Benitez's side can cope with the pressure of expectation this season.

"I don't think it brings any extra pressure, I just think it motivates us more," said Murphy.

"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."

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