Sheffield United: Murphy on ‘those’ reports

Jamie Murphy is mobbed by his team mates after scoring against Aston Villa � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Jamie Murphy is mobbed by his team mates after scoring against Aston Villa � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Jamie Murphy has insisted he has no desire to engineer a move away from Sheffield United during this month’s transfer window, writes James Shield.

Hibernian are monitoring the former Scotland under-21 international situation at Bramall Lane just 12 months after he joined the South Yorkshire club from SPL rivals Motherwell.

But Murphy, who scored United’s opening goal during last weekend’s FA Cup success over Aston Villa, said: “I’ve not heard anything. It’s just paper talk.

“I read them (the newspapers) like everyone else. But, no, I’m not aware of anything.”

Murphy’s intervention at Villa Park, which followed his effort against Cambridge United in the previous round, capped a memorable few weeks for the 24-year-old. Having initially failed to convince manager Nigel Clough he was worthy of a prominent role in United’s plans, the winger has now started two of United previous three outings ahead of Saturday’s visit to Notts County.

Clough, whose side are 18th in the League One table, five places above Shaun Derry’s team, took charge of United in October and Murphy said: “The past one or two months have been great. I had to prove I was worth a position and so to do that feels great.”

United are preparing for their visit to Meadow Lane 18th in the table, five places and four points above County.

Murphy’s compatriot Neill Collins, who was also instrumental in the victory over Villa, insisted United’s exploits in the Midlands must not be allowed to distract from their bid to climb away from the division’s bottom four.

“Obviously all the lads have been on a massive high since the weekend, but now we are back on the training pitch, the gaffer has quickly got everyone looking forward to Notts County on Saturday,” he said. “Our league form, given our position, remains our bread and butter.

“We want some more positive results.”

Meanwhile, United’s FA Cup fourth round tie against either Norwich City or Fulham will take place on Sunday 26 January (kick-off 1pm) after being selected for live television broadcast by BT Sports.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1