‘You never really lose that nose for a goal’
High hopes for striker turned midfielder
ANY Wycombe Wanderers fan who is worried about the recent lack of goals should look no further than Peter Murphy.
Following Saturday’s goalless draw with Bury, the Chairboys have now gone three games without finding the net, and the midfielder signed from Accrington Stanley this summer is still top scorer.
Wycombe could be even shorter on fire power if striker Steven Craig is forced on to the sidelines after being stretchered off with concussion at the weekend. A two-week rest is now compulsory if a player has been unconscious at any point.
But Murphy, who netted the equaliser when Wycombe drew at Accrington last November, reckons his goal-scoring exploits should come as no surprise.
“I got a few goals last year, and long may it continue. I just seem to have a knack of getting into the box. Growing up I always scored goals, so I always had it in me; it’s just getting in those positions,” he said.
“Last season at Accrington was my first in central midfield, as I got moved around a bit, and I got nine goals in all. I started off as a striker, and you never really lose that nose for goal if you have the knack.”
For someone who bases their game on one of the best goalscoring midfielders there has ever been, it is only natural that Murphy still likes to see the whites of the goalkeeper’s eyes.
“I’ve always admired Steven Gerrard as we play the same sort of position,” he said, “and every Scouser who plays in midfield thinks they’re the next Stevie G. But I’m an Everton fan, so I only like him when he’s not playing against us.”
Having been born and bred on Merseyside and never played for a club outside Lancashire, it was a big decision for Murphy to make the long move south to leafy Bucks, but he feels it was the right one.
He added: “I had to leave all my family up there, but I felt it was the best thing for my career. Wycombe is a great club, with great people, who I feel could develop me as a player.
“I didn’t know anyone here when I came down, only really Joe Jacobson from when he had a short spell with Accrington a few years back, but I’ve settled in nicely and it’s going very well – I couldn’t have asked for more.”
Murphy and his new team-mates are back in action on Saturday with a home game against Mansfield and then have a long journey to Plymouth on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Holmer Green crashed 6-1 at Stotfold in the Spartan South Midlands Premier on Saturday, while Amersham Town also had a day to forget in Division One, going down 6-0 at Welwyn Garden City, and Chesham United Reserves were edged out 4-3 at Bush Hill Rangers on Saturday and 2-0 by Codicote on Tuesday.
In Hellenic League Division One East, Chalfont Wasps were defeated 5-2
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