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Josh Murphy: Everyone’s really hungry to succeed

22 September 2017

City attacker Josh Murphy says the squad is buzzing after a run of three wins in four matches.

Wins over Birmingham City, Sheffield United and Brentford, and a clean sheet in the draw with Burton Albion, has been a brilliant response to the defeat at Millwall.

“We always knew it would take a bit of time but that once it clicked we’d be fine,” Murphy told the media at Friday’s press conference. “And you can see that with the run we’re on everyone’s playing well and everyone who comes into the team are all raring to go. Everyone’s really hungry to succeed.

“It was a big change at the Club and it took a bit of time to get used to it, but everyone is like a big family now. It’s a really good environment and everyone is buzzing. It takes just one win to change everything and we got that, and we’ve been really good in the last few games.

“We don’t look like a team which is going to concede goals at the moment. You say attack wins games, but the defence wins leagues – and we’ve got that balance right. We’re strong at the back and that gives us licence to get forward.”

Murphy has played in every game so far, and is relishing having a consistent run in the side. “My aim was to play as many games as I can this season and I’ve played in every one so far,” he said. “I’ll look to continue doing that.

“I feel like I’ve contributed pretty well, and I just want to keep getting assists and scoring goals and contributing to wins because the feeling around the dressing room is brilliant. Everyone’s raring to go – it’s a good felling at the moment, and I want to keep playing well.”

Murphy admits he has areas of his game that he wants to improve, and wants to repay the faith shown in him by Daniel Farke. “I’m out there to run in behind, to cause problems for their defence and to get as many shots and crosses in as I can,” he said. “There’s always stuff to improve on – I’ve got a job to do in the team and I’ve always had a little bit of criticism about my defending but the manager has installed a mentality in everyone from the forwards to the backline that it’s do or die. Everyone is working hard and improving on their weaknesses, and I’m working on improving my defending.”

Murphy also heaped praise on central midfielder Tom Trybull, who has made a terrific impression since coming into the side in City’s win over Birmingham City. “Tom is a hidden gem,” Murphy said. “I have to admit I didn’t know who he was until he rocked up – and he doesn’t even look like a footballer! But you see his performances and he’s been outstanding; he’s been one of our standout players.

“He ticks all the right boxes for us – he works hard, he wins the ball and he’s good on the ball. He gets everything ticking, and he’s got a little aggressive streak in him which we need. Having him on the left of central midfield is great because he’s always in my ear and that’s helping me too.”


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