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Murphy: It's nice to be back in the team

25 March 2022

Goalkeeper Joe Murphy spoke of his delight to be back on the pitch after returning to the starting eleven in recent weeks with some stellar performances.

The Irish veteran started his interview with local media by expressing his joy to be back and why he is cherishing every moment on the pitch.

"It's nice to be back in the team, I really enjoyed the Mansfield game I must admit, it's always special on a Friday night. 

"When you get to my age you just want to play as much as you can, because you know your last game is not far away. To be put back in I was delighted and thankfully it's gone ok.

Murphy's appearance against Mansfield a fortnight ago was his first league start in six months, he gave an insight into what it's like returning to the team after such an absence and the moment where he settled on his return.

"I can remember my first touch, it was a through ball and I just came out and took it at the edge of the box and threw an early ball out to Lee (O'Connor). For me, that settles you more than making a save, a save is just what you've done since you were a kid. 

"When you've been out of the team as a goalkeeper I think the distances are the hard thing, the balls over the top or the balls down the side because you haven't played for a while, it's difficult to judge these sorts of things. If I can remember that was the first ball I had to deal with and that settled me a little bit, I like to be vocal so that settles you into the game as well.

"I've enjoyed it and hopefully it can continue."

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