Lucky omen Daryl Murphy backed to maintain remarkable goalscoring record at Ipswich Town
PUBLISHED: 11:49 26 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:49 26 September 2014
He’s a lucky omen for Ipswich Town – and former Blues star James Scowcroft has backed Daryl Murphy to maintain his remarkable goalscoring record at the club.
Since arriving in Suffolk for the first of four spells – three on loan – in February 2010, Murphy has scored 33 league goals for Town and amazingly, only been on the losing side three times when finding the net.
The Blues have won 22 of the 31 games in which he has scored, drawing a further six and accruing a total of 72 points in the process.
With three goals contributing to three wins already this season, Murphy hasn’t scored in a losing effort since the defeat at Bristol City in January 2013, netting almost half of his 33 goals in the last 13 months.
Scowcroft, who watched Town’s visitors to Portman Road tomorrow, Rotherham, during their 1-1 draw at home to Charlton last week, believes the striker can continue his hot streak,
“I am sure goalscoring is something he has worked very hard at, but a lot of it will be down to the service he has received too,” said Scowcroft, who scored 55 goals in 263 appearances, over two spells at Portman Road.
“I am sure he can continue in the same vein, especially with Mick McCarthy playing two out-and-out full-backs, that can only help you as a centre-forward.
“He is certainly a very powerful player and handles the ball well at his feet. He brings others into play which is important, especially away from home, when you want the ball to stick.”
Meanwhile, Scowcroft has lifted the lid on the Millers having seen on-loan Norwich striker Luciano Becchio rescue a point for the South Yorkshire team in last Saturday’s clash with the Addicks.
“They were a goal down in the first half and Charlton were by far the better team,” added Scowcroft, who also watched long-time Town target Jonny Williams in League Cup action for Crystal Palace against Newcastle, on Wednesday night.
“They did very well to get back into the game and showed lots of spirit and endeavour.
“They have a manager (Steve Evans) who is very vocal on the touchline and it will be a tough game.
“But Ipswich have responded well since the Norwich defeat, taking 10 points from 12 and, after back-to-back home wins, there is no reason why that can’t continue.”
Daryl Murphy has scored in 31 league games for Ipswich Town, a total of 33 strikes, netting two braces along the way.
His goals have contributed to 22 wins and six draws and the 31-year-old has ended up on the losing side just three times when finding the target for the Blues
Only Peterborough and Bristol City (away) and Reading (home) have come away with all three points from a fixture in which the Republic of Ireland striker has scored
Murphy has had four separate spells at Ipswich, scoring 17 goals in three loan spells before moving permanently to Town in the summer of 2013