After making his first appearance in black and white, Daryl Murphy said that it was a perfect night, apart from the absence of a goal for himself.
The former Ipswich striker came close on a couple of occasions but his overall performance was more than enough to give Rafa Benitez food for thought when planning his team for Villa.
Murphy showed some great touches against Wolves and his mobility is something that Aleksandar Mitrovic at the very least needs to match, if the Serbian is to become the kind of striker many of us believe/hope he could become.
Whilst fellow debutant Achraf Lazaar struggled at times, it was predictably no problem for Daryl Murphy, for whom playing Championship level opposition is old hat.
With 50 Championship goals in the past three seasons, Murphy must be a knocking bet to continue in that vein if getting the chance, and on this evidence alone at the very least he won’t be letting anybody down.
Daryl Murphy speaking to the official club website:
“It was nice to get the start, and to start at home. It was good to get the full 90 minutes, get the win and keep a clean sheet – the only thing I’m disappointed with is that I didn’t score, but that will come.
“It was a good crowd here tonight, and I’ve been itching to go since I signed, to be honest. But I knew I had to be patient and I knew I’d get a chance at some stage, so I just had to be ready.
“The result is the main thing, and it’s what we wanted. We know we can play a lot better. We could have had more, but we’re happy with the win and the clean sheet.
“We know what happened at the weekend and we just wanted to get back to winning ways really. I think it’s important in any game we play, whether it’s the cup or the league, that you continue the momentum, and thankfully we won tonight.
“It was important (to win after losing on Saturday) but I’ve been in this league long enough to know that anyone can beat anyone on any given day. This league is just mad – it was a little blip and it was important that we got back to winning ways.
“This is a chance for us. We’ve got a big squad, so we can chop and change players as the gaffer sees fit. A cup run would be nice and we need to keep that momentum going.
“It’s been great. I knew a few of the lads when I came in anyway, which always helps, but the other lads have been brilliant with me and have helped me settle in. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it so far.
“I knew it was a big challenge when I signed here but that’s what you need. You need something to strive towards and in my case I want to play, so I need to show the manager when I get a chance that I can do what he wants me to do.
“We’ve got great competition for places and any of the lads could play, and it’s good for the squad that we’ve got that. You need that, and you know you’re going in the right direction if you have everyone pulling in the same way.”
“We can go there (Aston Villa) with confidence. They’ll be good, we know that, and they’re at home, but I think we just need to play our football.
“We create a lot of chances in games, so we just need to take them when they come along, but it will be tough.”
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Wolves 0
Newcastle: Ritchie 29, Gouffran 31
Possession was Wolves 44% Newcastle 56%
Total shots were Wolves 4 Newcastle 13
Shots on target were Wolves 3 Newcastle 4
Corners were Wolves 9 Newcastle 5
Newcastle starting 11:
Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Hanley, Lazaar, Gouffran (Atsu 75), Colback, Shelvey, Ritchie (Lascelles 85), Diame (Perez 72), Murphy
Woodman, Dummett, Hayden, Mitrovic
Referee: Andy Woolmer
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