Reading goal was my fault – Daryl Murphy

IPSWICH striker Daryl Murphy has taken full responsibility for the goal that allowed Reading back into the match during Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat at Portman Road.

The 27-year-old frontman scored his first goal in his second spell at Town after signing on a season-long loan from Celtic.

But his celebrations were soon cut short after Royals defender Kaspars Gorkss headed home from close range in the 76th minute.

And Murphy, who later set up Josh Carson for 2-1 before Reading scored two last-gasp goals to claim the points, has taken the blame for Gorkss’ equaliser which lifted the visitors.

The striker said: “It has been tough. The last two games we have thrown it away with some bad mistakes and some set pieces that could easily be defended – and we are just not doing that.

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“Everyone is to blame. I think it was one of my markers that scored the first one so I take full responsibility for that. I lost him for a minute and he scored. I should have been much better at defending than that. You can’t switch off for a split second at all in the game or you will get punished.”

Murphy believes the whole Town team has to look at themselves over the defensive frailties that have derailed the Blues’ season.

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He explained: “We have been defending the way we have been for a while. I am not just hammering the defenders, everyone is to blame. Set pieces are really killing us.”

With manager Paul Jewell hinting this morning that he wants to start Murphy for a second successive match in tomorrow night’s match at Burnley, the former Sunderland forward added: “I felt alright (on Saturday) though I tired towards the end. It is only games that are going to get me match fit and hopefully I have done enough for Burnley. It was my third start and thankfully I scored and hopefully I can kick on.”

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