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Fulham - Marvellous Murphy

Not so long ago I published an article highlighting Danny Murphy's weak spots and the need for a younger more fruitful player to take his role. In general, I'd say people agreed, yet, over the past week, in my eyes, he's been nothing short of amazing.

Against Portsmouth and Burnley in particular he looked to be 'at his best', which, at his age is the most you could ask for. He, for once, looked threatening and his distribution was top-notch.

One thing I've known Murphy holds over most midfielders of his style, is his sheer dogged spirit. He never gives up; If he loses the ball, he'll win it back and he certainly isn't afraid to run from one end of the pitch to the other or stick his foot in for the odd rough tackle.

It's that side of his game that would set him apart from any foreigner we could bring in to replace him. Obviously, plenty of central midfielders have brute force and a reasonable amount of determination, but not many can mix that with the range of passing and attacking contributions Danny can bring us.

His goal really capped off his week as well. It was a cool, calm and collective finish any striker would have been proud of (especially Okaka!)

So this is the time I apologise to Murphy, if he is at all reading this, and congratulate him on what has been a good week for the club as a whole and for him, with some fighting performances on the pitch.

All that aside though, the question does still remain if he's got it in him to sustain these performances week in week out. I certainly hope his recent poor performances were merely a blip and this last week or so is more of a sign of what to expect from him.




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Writer: Kristian Balkin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 10 2010

Time: 7:57PM

Your Comments

I don't think he looked that good against Pompey or Bolton. He certainly played better last night, however, I wonder if that says more about our opponents and the presence of Dickson Etuhu than it does about Murphy. Still not convinced that he has much left in the tank. As always, I hope I'm wrong, and based on my history, I probably am. Being wrong all the time should make me a perfect candidate for one of those 'football expert' jobs - don't ya think. Wonder who I should speak with about that?
Teddy_KGB
Spud is a good player - Rated him ever since his spell at Liverpool. One of the most reliable penalty takers around also.
Claretdale
I think he plays his best when partnered with Etuhu they seem to have a really good understanding and I don’t think it was only Danny that went through a rough patch it seemed to be the team as a whole that was having a bit of a nightmare over the last few weeks. But that’s in the past now its upwards and onwards for the mighty whites!!!!
Oldwolf
i think he feels the most comfortable with etuhu behind him... you can hardly blame him, with the large number of games that were played last season with an unchanged starting eleven... his age will never go down though, it will only go up, and when the times comes that he cannot play anymore, we need a replacement at the ready...
woodysweats
I thought Etuhu helped to provide Murphy with the space to be creative.
DeuceBigelow
when he is fit he is still the man has 2 or 3 more years left yet
truth sayer ffc
all about getting that vital match fitness back if you ask me!
Al Billy
he has benn strugeling but now looks good
truth sayer ffc
 

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