‘I’d be happy getting booed off at the end’
Former Accrington star relishing return with Wycombe
Dan Baverstock on the ball for Last Post against Dinamo Chequers PETER Murphy would like acclaim from home fans at Accrington Stanley on Saturday – but would prefer to get booed off at the end.
That is because the man who was a hero for eight years at the Crown Ground reckons he will have done his job by helping net Wycombe another win that keeps them top of the table.
The man who switched clubs in the summer admits life with Accrington and Wanderers veers towards chalk and cheese – even in League Two.
But on other levels there are plenty of comparisons between the sides from deepest darkest Lancashire and the rolling Chiltern hills.
“I had eight great Accrington,” he said.
“They do well every year to survive and it’s not hard to realise the total difference between the clubs, but Accrington are a family club and so are Wycombe.”
Stories abound how Stanley players in the past took their kit home to wash, and visiting the Crown on a dark December day might be foreboding for some, but not the Liverpool-born 24-year-old.
He said: “I’m not going to be shy of it.
“There’s a great atmosphere about the place and I loved every minute of it. I imagine I’ll get a good reception, but we’ll have to wait and see.
“I’m going to do a professional job and I’m not going to worry about the occasion.”
And if Stanley fans boo because Murphy nets a goal or two? “That will do very nicely,” he added.
Wycombe go into the game two points clear at the top of the League Two table following last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Southend, but boss Gareth Ainsworth remains cautious following last season’s great escape from relegation to the Conference.
He said: “The dressing room is really grounded, no one came in high-fiving each other.
“It was all about hard work during the week, and working out how to play them, which came off.
“We had a plan at the beginning of the season for survival, and we’re sticking to it.
“The 50-point mark, that’s the landmark. Okay, that’s three wins away, but we still have to win them.
“Admittedly, after Christmas we may need to reassess, but we want to put distance between ourselves and the bottom two and go from there. Anything else will be a bonus.”
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