DARYL Murphy has labelled Town’s crucial clash against Burnley today a must-win after conceding Tuesday’s thrashing at Crystal Palace was embarrassing.

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Blues, bottom of the Championship and five points adrift of safety, have not recorded a league victory at home since a 1-0 win over Barnsley on March 31.

But ahead of Mick McCarthy’s first game in charge at Portman Road after replacing Paul Jewell as manager last week, Murphy has called on his side to finally end their winless streak on their home patch.

“It’s definitely a must-win game against Burnley,” said the Republic of Ireland international.

“We haven’t won at home this season so it’s about time we put that right and give the fans something to cheer about.

“It’s a massive game because we need to start picking up points and especially at home.

“We need to be winning most of our home games and that’s not happening so far. Our home form is going to be key I think this season.

“I think it is the worse run I’ve had with any team. It obviously gets you down and it’s hard to pick yourselves up from defeats.

“But we can’t take pity on ourselves. We have to dig deep and start getting some results.

“It is hard to believe where we are, especially when you look around the dressing room and see the players we have, but it’s all about what happens on a Saturday.

“Everyone has to pull their weight and produce something for the team.

“It’s no good saying we’re good on paper. You have to go out and prove that on the pitch.

“The confidence is low in the camp but we have got a good team spirit amongst ourselves and we just need to lift each other on the pitch.”

After suffering an abortive five-goal thrashing at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, Murphy concedes the players were ashamed of their performance – but insists they can bounce back against 10th-placed Burnley.

“I think everyone had to look at themselves in the mirror after that performance,” Murphy added.

“It wasn’t acceptable. We were all embarrassed after that. I don’t think anyone spoke on the bus on the way home. There was a bad atmosphere.

“But you have to come back and pick yourself up because it’s no good moping around the place.

“You have to brighten yourself up and get ready for the next game.”

2 comments

  • How many goals or assists has Murphy had in all the loan periods with town? I cannot remember many, if any. Stop the talk and do the walk (back to the centre circle after you have scored a goal). Glad to hear MM starting to put his foot down with players and I am sure supporters will support him if he kicks a few out of the club.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Utter twaddle. It would be nice to win a home game, especially against such an inconsistent team as Burnley - but it matters not one jot if Town win this one as it is more important to start building a team with some mettle and spirit which means weeding out pointless incumbents like Murphy asap. It is telling, that the club that do not want Murphy at any cost, Celtic, beat Barcelona during the week with the winning goal scored by an 18yr old who cost £50,000. Until Town start looking once again for players with ambition and talent, rather than seeking pointless (in every sense of the word) short term solutions, then the downward spiral will accelerate whether Town beat Burnley as they could and should - or not.

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

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