Daryl Murphy made it two goals in two games, following up last weekend’s replay earning striker, with an ever so valuable winner against Brentford.
Whilst Brentford boss Dean Smith claimed that the home side dominated after Dwight Gayle’s opening goal and deserved to win, the Newcastle striker thought United ‘dominated most of the first half and could have been more than 1-0 up’.
What is undisputed is that Newcastle won the game thanks to two magic goals, as well as Karl Darlow and some great last ditch defending obviously…
The first was a brilliant run from the halfway line by Dwight Gayle, down the left hand side next to the touch before cutting into the box and hammering a fantastic left foot striker past the home keeper.
As for the second, Daryl Murphy claims that Ayoze Perez ‘put it on a plate for me’. It was certainly a class ball in but the Irishman finished it off with a classy glancing header that was the mark of somebody who knows where the goal is.
Brentford had only lost three of their 12 Championship matches at Griffin Park and it was a massive result, particularly with Brighton, Huddersfield, Reading and Derby also losing their matches in recent days.
Like the rest of us, Murphy couldn’t believe it when the nine minutes went up on the added time board but Karl Darlow was equal to everything that was thrown at him.
A massive result and potentially a massive weekend all round for Newcastle United, as well as for Daryl Murphy, who now needs to be wrapped in cotton wool as Newcastle’s only fit striker at the moment.
He says he is desperate to play against Birmingham on Wednesday and it will be interesting to see just who Rafa Benitez goes for, as United face Rotherham less than 72 hours later. My guess would be Ayoze Perez pushed up top in the FA Cup replay, even though the lone striker role doesn’t really suit him.
Daryl Murphy speaking to the official club website:
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the board (with nine minutes of injury time) go up.
“It was a test of character. We had to dig deep to try and not concede.
“There were a few scares at the end but overall, I thought we defended well. Our keeper pulled us out on a number of occasions, which was absolutely brilliant.
“To lose three players to injury is unbelievable. I was thinking, ‘I hope nobody else gets injured’ because we’d have been struggling then alright. It was just a mad game really.
“Hopefully the injuries are not too serious and the players will be back soon.
“We knew it was going to be hard – they’re a good side, and they’re very good at home. But overall, I think we probably deserved to win it.
“We dominated most of the first half and could have been more than 1-0 up.
“I have just had to be patient I have waited a long time for a chance.
“To get a start last week and score was brilliant. The circumstances today were unfortunate, with Dwight coming off injured, but I’ve just tried to keep sharp and I was delighted to come on and help the team.
“The ball in by Ayo (Perez) was unbelievable and he put it on a plate for me. I didn’t have to put any power on it, just needed to get a slight touch on it and thankfully it went in.
“I hope to be involved against Birmingham but we’ll wait and see. I need to play to get up to speed with match fitness, so hopefully that will happen.”
(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to today’s win HERE)
(Watch the superb assist and winning goal HERE)
(For match ratings of the Newcastle players go HERE)