Ipswich Town legend Crawford says Murphy needs better service

Daryl Murphy is 10th in Ipswich Town's all-time league goalscorers' list.

Daryl Murphy is 10th in Ipswich Town's all-time league goalscorers' list. - Credit: Archant

Daryl Murphy will keep climbing the Ipswich Town goalscoring charts – but only if he is given the right service.

So says Blues legend Ray Crawford, the man who tops the club’s all-time league scorers’ table with his 204 goals between 1958 and 1963.

Murphy is now 10th on that list, his two goals in Tuesday night’s 2-0 home win over Blackburn taking him to 10 for this season and 67 for the club in six seasons.

“Those goals in midweek will be a big confidence boost for him and hopefully that will spark something heading into these final few games,” said Crawford. “He scored all those goals last season (27), but it’s been a more frustrating season for him this time around.

“I think that’s down to the fact that Town, as a team, just haven’t been at it as much. As a striker you need service and Daryl’s not been getting that.

“He’s good at his hold-up and link-up play, but he’s also brave in the six-yard box and he should be getting more deliveries to attack. I do feel for him.

“I know myself that strikers are only as good as the service you give them. It can be very frustrating if you are holding it up, laying it off or playing a pass wide and then that ball into the area doesn’t come.”

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With Ipswich one point adrift of the Championship play-off places with just nine games to go, starting with the visit of Rotherham tomorrow, Crawford added: “The Town need to start playing better and need take every opportunity that comes their way now if they are to make that top-six. This is the time for players to stand up and be counted.”