Mur­phy ready for Wolves clash

>Winger con­fi­dent Cardiff can rack up points de­spite busy week ahead <

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CARDIFF CITY have a tough week ahead. The Blue­birds will face Wolves at Cardiff City Sta­dium to­mor­row (4am Malaysian time) be­fore trav­el­ling to Lon­don to face West Ham United on Wed­nes­day (3.45am Malaysian time).

Cardiff City’s pre­vi­ous re­cent matches against Wolves have been fiercely com­pet­i­tive, with a win apiece last sea­son en route to au­to­matic pro­mo­tion to the English Pre­mier League. “We’re go­ing to ap­proach

Wolves like

it’s any other game,” said Cardiff City winger Josh Mur­phy.

“We’re go­ing to turn up with a game plan, and hope­fully we can ruf­fle a cou­ple of feath­ers.

“Af­ter watch­ing a few of their last games, we know that we can pick up points here. We need to pick up points at home, too, so it’s go­ing to be a good game.”

Mur­phy cer­tainly has had a pos­i­tive im­pact since join­ing Cardiff over the sum­mer.

Since sign­ing from Nor­wich City, the young winger – whose twin brother Ja­cob is also play­ing in the Pre­mier League at New­cas­tle United – has shone for the Blue­birds.

Mur­phy has scored two goals thus far, in­clud­ing a vi­tal equaliser against Ful­ham in Oc­to­ber that led to his team’s first win of the sea­son.

“The ta­ble is very tight at the bot­tom, and it just shows that one win gets you out of the bot­tom three com­fort­ably,” Mur­phy con­tin­ued.

“It could then be an­other two or three weeks be­fore you

even start get­ting near the bot­tom three again.”

Through­out De­cem­ber, Cardiff will play six matches, many of which are against teams that are cur­rently placed sim­i­larly in the Pre­mier League ta­ble, namely Southamp­ton and Crys­tal Palace.

And Mur­phy elab­o­rated on the pos­si­bil­ity in these matches for the Blue­birds to per­form, adding: “I think it’s a mas­sive in­cen­tive to us, es­pe­cially be­cause there’s a lot of fix­tures com­ing up in the next cou­ple of weeks.

“Hope­fully we can start pick­ing up points and move up the ta­ble.

“I think ev­ery­one is rel­ish­ing the up­com­ing run of games.

“As much as ev­ery­one likes

play­ing Satur­day to Satur­day, I think it’ll be good to have the Satur­day and Tues­day matches this time around.

“Hope­fully we can pick up all six points, it’d be bril­liant for us.”

A home win against Wolves would be the ideal birth­day present for Cardiff man­ager Neil Warnock, who turns 70 to­mor­row.

“Yeah it would be,” Warnock replied when asked about it.

“We’ve had some good games against Wolves so been look­ing for­ward to it, not my birth­day so much.”

“We’ve got a

busy week and we’ve got to get points on the board. I’m sure Wolves, West Ham and Southamp­ton are think­ing the same thing.

“We have to hang in un­til Jan­uary un­til I can get play­ers. We’ve got to hang on to the coat­tails un­til then.

“It’s about try­ing to get as many points up to Christ­mas,” Warnock con­cluded. – Cardiff City Foot­ball Club

Mur­phy

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