Murphy’s tricks are too much for Boro
JAMIE Murphy expects nothing but a battle against Tranmere on Easter Monday after Sheffield United kept up their outside push for the play-offs with a win over Stevenage at Bramall Lane.
John Mousinho’s early own goal following trickery from Murphy on the byline was enough for the Blades to take all three points against doomed Stevenage.
Victory moved United up to ninth in Sky Bet League One, eight points behind sixth-placed Peterborough with a game in hand and four matches left.
The Blades travel to Tranmere, who are two places above the drop zone, on Monday and winger Murphy – who tore Stevenage apart in the first half – knows his team face a tough encounter.
He said:“It’s going to be another difficult game. We did well to beat them at home. We need to have it within ourselves to keep going no matter how many points we are behind Peterborough.
“Even if it wasn’t possible to make the play-offs I’m sure we’d still be trying to give 100 per cent in every game. I don’t think the manager would accept anything less. There is a chance of a play-off place and that is an extra incentive to win these last four games.”
The Blades went ahead in the tenth minute when Mousinho put the ball into his own net after Murphy had sent a dangerous ball across the face of goal from the byline.
Stevenage grew in confidence and Luke Freeman caught John Brayford in possession in the area only for goalkeeper Mark Howard to be alert and block.
Jose Baxter then cleared Luke Jones’ header off the line and Francois Zoko’s shot had Howard scampering across his line to gather.
Freeman’s injury-time drive was tipped over by Howard but United ground it out. While United dominated the first half, the visitors came back in the second and a point would not have been undeserved.
However, they are now seven points from safety with three games left and League Two beckoning. Manager Graham Westley said:“In the second half I thought we got on top of the game and took it to them.You probably won’t see many more dominant performances in terms of possession and territory than you saw in the second half.
“On a different occasion that could very well have been a Stevenage win and certainly a point was the least I thought we deserved. Let’s address that (relegation) when and if it happens. Let’s concentrate on winning against Bristol City.”
STAR MAN JAMIE MURPH
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