Newcastle fringe player delivers verdict on season: I came to make an impact
By Matt Farr
Daryl Murphy insists he joined Newcastle at the start of the season to win silverware as the club close in on promotion to the Premier League.
Murphy, 33, was one of a host of new additions made by Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez in the summer, but has proven to be one of the Spaniard’s most reliable performers.
Despite fierce competition for places that has seen Murphy restricted to just seven Championship starts, he insisted to the Chronicle that he is enjoying life with the Magpies and wants to win trophies with the club.
Back-to-back defeats for title rivals Brighton has allowed Newcastle to open up a valuable five point lead at the top of the Championship table, and with 11 games remaining, will be confident of winning the league title.
A goal from Murphy against Huddersfield on Saturday helped Newcastle establish their 11 point lead over the play-offs, and the striker is hungry to end the season on a high.
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He told the Chronicle: “There is a lot of personal satisfaction that I am scoring some important goals. It is very pleasing because I came here to compete for a place and win things.
“Hopefully I can do that at the end of the season. It is nice to know I have played my part.
“It is great I am making an impact but I always knew I would.”
Murphy has scored four goals for the first-team this season, rushing to Newcastle’s aid during a tricky spell that has seen premier goalscorer Dwight Gayle sidelined through injury.
The Championship veteran has bagged a goal and an assist in his last two league appearances, but could return to a role on sidelines with Gayle now back in contention.
However, given what Murphy has offered Newcastle since the new year, Benitez knows that he cannot afford to let him rot on the sidelines, and is likely to keep utilising his goalscoring ability throughout the remainder of the campaign.
Newcastle are next in action against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.
In other Newcastle news, this is the team Benitez is expected to name to face Reading.