Michael Higdon, the Sheffield United centre-forward, is targeting an extended run in Nigel Clough’s starting eleven after vowing to recreate his partnership with Jamie Murphy, writes James Shield.
The two men helped Motherwell to third and second placed finishes in the Scottish Premier League table during their spell together at Fir Park and were instrumental in helping United reach the latter stages of the Capital One Cup earlier this week
Higdon scored his second goal of the campaign during Tuesday’s third round victory over Leyton Orient after connecting with Murphy’s early cross and he told The Star last night: “Jamie put in a quality ball and it was up to me to get on the end of it. Hopefully I’ve shown the fans now that I can score.
“That was always the aim at the beginning of the season. We had a great thing going up there and we’re determined to do something similar here.
“It’s been a little bit in and out for both of us lately but it’s up to us to make sure we carry on in the same vein.”
Murphy joined United from the Scottish Premier League club in January last year. Higdon, speaking ahead of today’s League One encounter with Gillingham, arrived 19 months later via NEC Nijmegen.
“I felt a bit leggy (against Orient) because I’d been sitting on the bus and not played a few days earlier at Swindon,” he said. “You have to be a footballer to know exactly what I mean but I want to play and, the sharper I get, the more goals you’ll see.
“In fairness, if I’d done better in some of the games I’d have played more but the gaffer knows I want to be involved and hopefully I will be.”
“I’ve had a few chances in other matches and seen the ‘keeper make some great saves,” Higdon added. “Quite easily, I could have had three or four (goals) by now and looking much rosier.
“We showed some good aggression down at Orient. A real desire to win individual battles with our opponents.
“If you saw us train you’d be amazed how high the standard is. As a group, we want to work hard and take that into our games again.”