‘I’d be happy get­ting booed off at the end’

For­mer Ac­cring­ton star rel­ish­ing re­turn with Wy­combe

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Paul War­bur­ton paul.war­bur­ton@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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“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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