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Josh Murphy: We battled well

26 December 2017

Josh Murphy was pleased with the way Norwich City battled for all three points against Birmingham at St. Andrew’s.

Murphy’s second half goal – latching on to an Alex Pritchard through-ball and rounding the goalkeeper – sealed the points for City in a relatively comfortable 2-0 win.

“It meant a lot to me and the boys,” Murphy told media after the match. “We ground it out and played some good football. We haven’t had the best of runs and were struggling for consistency, so everyone was buzzing in the dressing room.

“We battled today. We had to battle and everyone had to play their part and make it ugly at time, and drop back in and defend and everyone did that well. That’s what you’ve got to do sometimes when it’s tough. Everyone dug deep and Angus made a great save in the first half, and it’s those little moments where everyone can play their part.”

Murphy notched his eighth goal of the season, but he still had a lot to do after rounding David Stockdale. “I was buzzing to score,” he said. “I just wanted to go around him and make sure I score. It happened against Preston and I fluffed my lines, but thankfully I scored and it was a relief to go 2-0 up. It felt like 10 minutes before the ball’s gone in!

“It was a great ball from Pritch. He got us rolling with the first goal, and then I was saying to him I was going to keep making those runs, and he slipped one through to me and luckily I’ve done the rest. Since he’s come back in the team he’s been outstanding.”

Murphy was partnered on the left by full-back Jamal Lewis, who was making his first professional start for the Canaries and put in a terrific performance. “I thought Jam came in today and was excellent,” Murphy said. “He always works hard, and me and him have a good connection down the left side.

“It’s good to have a fellow Academy player in the side too. You wouldn’t have thought he’d been out injured for four months, and he looked really composed especially for someone who was playing his second professional game and his first start.”

City turn their attentions to the trip to Burton Albion on Saturday, and Murphy says they can go there with increased confidence. “Hopefully today is the turning point for us to go on a run and go back up the table. And it’s a great present for the supporters, it’s amazing how many turned up today especially when you haven’t known what you’re going to get from this side recently, and it’s a huge buzz to see so many fans.”

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