Early save helped Murphy settle nerves

BRIAN Murphy today reflected on the opening 10-second save that settled his nerves in the Blues' 1-0 Championship win at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

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BRIAN Murphy today reflected on the opening 10-second save that settled his nerves in the Blues' 1-0 Championship win at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

“We knew we were in for a tough game and that we needed as a squad to bounce back after the defeat at Peterborough last week,” the Irishman said.

“And to keep a clean sheet was great.


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“I knew about an hour before the start that I was playing and I was a bit nervous yes as it was my first senior game since November when the Bohemians Irish season ended.

“But I made a save from Luke Varney in the first minute, and that settled my nerves.”

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Murphy, 26, was pleased that he rewarded manager Roy Keane's faith in him, and he also praised the work of the Town medical department.

“When I was injured in the warm-up at Leicester City on January 10 my heart sunk as I thought I was looking at a seven-week or so absence from the game.

“But the medical team got me back in three weeks, and that's fantastic. It was such a relief.”

Murphy, who made two exceptional saves to deny the home side an equaliser in Town's first clean sheet since they beat QPR 3-0 on December 28, knows the importance of the weekend win.

He went on: “It's an important time and we'll take one game at a time, but to lose to Scunthorpe tomorrow would take the shine off Saturday's three points.

“We knew it was not going to be pretty and the clock didn't seem to move in the last five minutes. Hopefully I show consistent form and hold my place and that we can do the same as a team and move up the table,” added Murphy, who replaced Arran Lee-Barrett in the side.

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