Thursday 14 December 2017

Republic of Ireland striker Daryl Murphy is sure he'll end famine

But boss Mick McCarthy says his confidence is hit

DARYL Murphy believes that the goals will come for him at Ipswich Town.

But Mick McCarthy admits that the Ireland man's confidence has suffered after a 13-game goal famine.

Murphy, the leading scorer across the English leagues last season, has yet to find the net after 13 outings for Ipswich this season, the most recent a 0-0 draw at home to Cardiff City on Saturday.

Having started in the Euro 2016 qualifier win at home to Germany last month, Murphy is likely to feature in the play-off against Bosnia on Friday week as doubts remain over the fitness of Shane Long, who was not involved for Southampton against Bournemouth yesterday.

"I feel my sharpness is back in terms of fitness, I just need a goal to get going," says Murphy.

"I have been playing well and my fitness is sharp, I needed to get that fitness back after missing some of the pre-season.

"I know I am working harder than ever, I am doing the same things on the training pitch that I did last season, in fact I have been doing extra shooting sessions in training.

"I feel it's only a matter of time that the goals will come. Until now I hadn't really been getting chances but I have had scoring opportunities in the last few games and that's a good sign, I just need one to go in."

McCarthy admits that it has been tough for Murphy, who had scored eight times for the club at this stage of the campaign last term.

"It doesn't matter what job you're doing, if it's just not happening for you then your confidence will hardly be flowing. He needs to find one from somewhere," McCarthy said after the weekend draw with Cardiff, their second scoreless draw in four games.

"He had a couple on his right foot when he checked back and they defended it well. On a different day, when he was scoring 27 goals, he'd have probably swung his right foot and it would have ended up in the net. That's football and that's strikers," added McCarthy.

Defender Richard Keogh, on target for Derby in their 3-0 win over Rotherham, was the only Ireland player to score in the top two divisions in England, while Adam Rooney and Graham Cummins netted in the SPL games.

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