Interesting team selection on Saturday for Rafa Benitez and Daryl Murphy is champing at the bit to be involved against Birmingham.
The striker says he couldn’t believe how many times his injury appeared to be sorted, only to break down in training.
Now fully fit and having made his first Championship appearance for Newcastle at Blackburn, Daryl Murphy says ‘I’m eager to show the fans what I’m all about’.
Rafa Benitez claimed that Aleksandar Mitrovic was ‘rested’ on Monday afternoon but the FA Cup team selection will surely tell us a lot more.
Difficult to see Murphy and Mitrovic playing together and so with Dwight Gayle almost certain to be rested, we wait to see who gets the nod.
With 50 Championship goals in the last three seasons, Daryl Murphy could surely do a job, though equally Mitrovic has three goals despite only four league starts.
Murphy has been frustrated that on the sidelines he can’t help his teammates but as for the current position after two defeats in three matches, the striker says he is ‘not too worried’ and Newcastle ‘will be fine’.
Daryl Murphy speaking to NUFC TV:
“I’ve worked away to get the chance and finally get (an appearance) in the league. Obviously disappointed with the result (at Blackburn) but hopefully that is the start of it and I can be more involved.
“It has taken a lot of hard work and I have been in with the physios, in the gym, just trying to get it right.
“I have had a lot of setbacks on the way, came back a few times too early and it just hasn’t been right. So we just looked at it and said ‘right, we have to take out time and get this right’.
“Coming back training and then it reoccurring, was just so frustrating. Knowing that it is just not right and you are back to square one.
“Not nice watching from the sidelines, wanting to help the lads and knowing you can’t – that is part of football.”
‘Rafa Benitez spoke highly of you about your work in training after the Blackburn game?’
“It is good to hear it. When I cam back from injury it wasn’t a case of me being involved straight away, as the lads were doing well. So I just had to impress in training and play with the Under 23s to get match fit.
“I picked up the injury after playing my first game (2-0 win over Wolves in League Cup 20 Sept), I was quite happy with how I did and then to pick up the injury the next day was a big disappointment.
“I’m eager to show the fans what I’m all about.
“We are all disappointed to lose to Blackburn but I have always said, whichever club I have been at, that any team can beat another on the day.
“Teams set up to frustrate us, let us have the ball, we just didn’t take our chances and a bit unlucky.
“Not too worried, we are still in a good position with a lot of games to go, we’ll be fine.
“You want to play in as many games as you can and play in as many competitions as you can – we will go there (Birmingham) wanting to win and to progress.
“The league is the main priority but this is also a chance for some of the players who maybe haven’t had a lot of games, to get a chance.”