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Josh Murphy: You could see our togetherness

6 January 2018

Josh Murphy was proud of City’s display as they held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Norwich restricted Chelsea to shots from outside the box in an excellent defensive display, while Murphy, James Maddison and Alex Pritchard caused the Chelsea back line problems throughout the game.

“I’m very proud, the boys were excellent today,” Murphy told the media post-match. “You could see our determination, grit and togetherness. We battled well and we got what we deserved.

“We had to dig in deep, we knew they would have a lot of the ball so we had a game plan and I think everyone stuck it to it to a tee. Everyone did really well.”

Murphy gave Antonio Rudiger’s real problems in the first half, and created a couple of half-chances for himself that he couldn’t take. “I’m disappointed not to have scored. We created a good couple of half chances and on another day they go in.

“I’m thriving now. There was a little bit of a dip, but my confidence is back and I think everyone can see I just want the ball and I just want to face people up and do my thing. That’s massive credit to the manager for always showing his faith in me, and now it’s down to me to keep performing.”

Norwich’s draw with Chelsea sets up a replay at Stamford Bridge and will be the second time this season City head to London for a match against one of the Premier League big boys after the agonising defeat to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.

“It shows how resilient we are,” Murphy said. “We had a couple of blips during the season, but we’ve held our own against the big boys twice now. That’s great credit to the backroom staff and the boys about how we can cope with that.”

City’s draw made it four games unbeaten for the Canaries, with only one goal conceded in that time. “I think we’ve found the right balance now and everything’s clicking well together. Now it’s about keeping the run going and putting points on the board in the Championship, and then hopefully when we go to Stamford Bridge we can create a memorable night for Norwich City.

“If we go to Stamford Bridge and perform how we performed today then we’ve got a right good chance.”

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