Mur­phy’s bright dis­play earns New­cas­tle re­prieve

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport / Football -

Ja­cob Mur­phy’s man-of-the-match per­for­mance not only helped his team se­cure their big­gest vic­tory in 21 years; it helped con­vince man­ager Steve Bruce that his short-term fu­ture re­mains with his club.

The 25-year-old winger had been ex­pected to leave on loan dur­ing the cur­rent win­dow, hav­ing en­joyed a sim­i­lar spell with Sh­effield Wed­nes­day last sea­son, un­til his ef­forts in help­ing his side book a fourthroun­d Carabao Cup trip to New­port last night.

“I won’t be let­ting him out on loan, not af­ter a per­for­mance like that,” said Bruce. “He de­serves to stay with us, he’s im­proved enor­mously and I was very im­pressed.”

Toumani Di­agouraga did not help More­cambe when he was shown a red card for a late foul on Sean Longstaff af­ter 33 min­utes but, by then, his side were 4-0 be­hind with Joelin­ton hav­ing scored twice.

The goals took Joelin­ton’s New­cas­tle tally to six in the 13 months since he made his £40mil­lion move although, in ad­di­tion to two against More­cambe, oth­ers have come against Ox­ford and Rochdale, hardly stel­lar de­fences. Still, there was no deny­ing the qual­ity of the sec­ond fin­ish here, an un­stop­pable shot from 25 yards. The Brazil­ian had opened the scor­ing af­ter five min­utes, from Miguel Alm­iron’s pass.

Mur­phy played through Alm­iron af­ter 20 min­utes to score and Mur­phy him­self showed dev­as­tat­ing pace seven min­utes later to race away and fin­ish from the edge of the area. Isaac Hay­den wrapped up the first-half scor­ing be­fore Ja­maal Las­celles pow­ered in a header from Matt Ritchie’s 51st-minute cor­ner.

Ritchie’s 91st-minute back heel bounced in off de­fender Sam Lavelle to com­plete the Ge­ordies’ big­gest win since ham­mer­ing Sh­effield Wed­nes­day 8-0 in Sir Bobby Rob­son’s first match in charge in 1999.

A win at New­port next week will carry New­cas­tle through to the quar­ter-fi­nals. “I’ve said since I walked in the door here, let’s have a go at the cups,” said Bruce. “We got to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the FA Cup last sea­son and we’re ca­pa­ble of win­ning five or six games. So if the draw is kind to us, who knows?”

Lower-league bully: Joelin­ton has scored six times in 13 months since his move to New­cas­tle from Ger­many

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