Daryl Murphy turned in yet another excellent performance on Saturday teatime/night.

In only his third Championship start for Newcastle he scored his third goal, putting United 2-0 up against Huddersfield and setting them on the way to an eventual 3-1 victory.

The former Ipswich forward said after the final whistle that ‘if you get the nod you have to produce’, which will be music to Rafa’s ears.

After Matt Ritchie’s 10th minute penalty, Daryl Murphy put United 2-0 up before the break and the result was never then in doubt, despite Huddersfield enjoying three quarters of the possession.

Daryl Murphy talking to the official club website:

“We have got plenty of strikers here that are all fighting for that position and if you get the nod you have to produce – simple as that.

“I like that pressure on me to be honest because I know what I have to do, if I get in the team I have to score goals and thankfully I did that here.

“I know I’m always going to get chances when I do start and it is just a case of taking them, I did that today.

“I got it off (the Huddersfield keeper) and I was going to cross it but I had a little look and they were quite a bit off their line so I thought I’d chance my luck, thankfully it went in.

“It (beating Huddersfield) was massive for us, we knew going into it that it’d be a very tough game. They’re a very good side and especially at home their form has been very good.

“But I think after the win against Brighton we were coming here with confidence and thankfully, we were able to get the result.

“They had a lot of possession and we knew they would – but we took our chances when they came and at the right times.

“3-1 maybe wasn’t a fair reflection but we kept getting the chances and we finished them off.

“We knew that was going to happen, we knew they would come out of the blocks in the second half, and we’ve seen that they always have quite a lot of possession.

“But I thought we managed it quite well, and at the end of the day, the three points is the most important thing.

“In any game you play, the opposition is going to put pressure on you at some stage of the game and it’s about how you stand up to that. I thought we did that really well today.

“We’ll go into that (Reading match) very confident after our last two games but there’s still a long way to go.

“It was a massive few points for us but there’s nothing won yet, We go into that game now and it’s another one we want three points from.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3

Newcastle: Ritchie 10 (Pen), Murphy 32, Gayle 90+1

Huddersfield: Mooy 72 (Pen)

Possession was Huddersfield  76% Newcastle 24%

Total shots were Huddersfield 16 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Huddersfield 6 Newcastle 5

Corners were Huddersfield 9 Newcastle 3

Referee: Roger East

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback (Gouffran 72), Shelvey, Atsu (Yedlin 82), Diame, Murphy (Gayle 66)

Unused Subs

Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Perez

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  • Peter Robson

    He was signed knowing full well there were other strikers ahead of him, but you have to admire his drive and application !!!
    If we had had more players with his attitude the last few years, we would never have found ourselves in this position !!!

    Whether he stays or not beyond the end of the season, in my opinion, he deserves our thanks and support, for the role he has played this season.
    Players like Owen, Viduka and others who didn´t have it in them to repay our loyalty should watch and learn from his example !!!

    My favourite quote from the commentator was referring to Murphy putting the ball into an empty net, but not even a mention of his work rate and effort to get into that position in the first place !!!

    Gotta laugh at the shaved monkeys who operate the mic for Sky Sports !!!

    In Rafa We Trust !!!

    • Tay Da Trang

      Totally agree with your assessment. He knew he was third pick player (or sometimes even fourth if you count Goufran) and just a squad player, but has shown an incredibly positive attitude and application to make him second choice for me now.
      I think Mitro could be great but he has to think more and then he shoukd get goals, but Murphy was an astute buy as he had a track record.

  • Carlo Ancelotti

    i had my doubts about Murphy, i`m glad he has proved me wrong

  • Grahame Johnson

    The Murph a canny pro, Rafa chose to sign Gayle and him rather then McCormack I get the impression Murphy would have kicked the gate down that poor Ross couldn’t climb.

  • Kev-82

    Great mentality, if only Mitrovic had that same mentality, he’s certainly got the passion but it’s more of this like Murphy that we need from him.

  • Mrkgw

    Murphy has done well and deserves playing time. As others have mentioned, he has risen above Mitrovic in the pecking order.

  • imrevaradi

    I got slated earlier in season for saying Murphy was better than Mitrovic..
    but the lad is streets ahead in leading the line, doing the job asked by Raffa without getting booked, fist pumping & missing sitters..

  • Harry Gibson

    Murphy like Clarke has been a very astute buy from Rafa. He will be a decent squad player for the premier league. Mitro and Perez need replacing, Gayle will be a decent striker, but we need better up there.

  • Desree

    I would play him ahead of perez and mitro every time.