Daryl Murphy: I don't know what Huddersfield were complaining about!

Daryl Murphy says he had every right to challenge goalkeeper Danny Ward for the ball in Newcastle United's 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town.

Sunday, 5th March 2017, 9:42 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:59 am
Matt Ritchie and Daryl Murphy

Murphy netted at the John Smith's Stadium last night after dispossessing Ward.

With Newcastle lead 1-0 through a disputed penalty, the striker had latched on to a ball forward from Jonjo Shelvey.

Ward attempted to gather the ball after Murphy took a touch.

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But Murphy challenged him and was able to roll the ball through his legs to give the Championship leaders into a commanding lead.

Huddersfield manager David Wagner claimed Murphy had fouled Ward.

But Murphy said: “Huddersfield we not happy with my goal, but the ball was there to be won.

"I don't know what they are complaining about. I went for it and took it off the keeper.

"I was thinking of crossing it but the goal was open and I chanced my arm. Fortunately, it went in."

The strike was Murphy's fourth for the club.

“It is great that I am making an impact, but I always knew I would," said the 33-year-old.

"When I came, I realised it would be hard to get into the team. I just have to be ready when the gaffer calls on me.

"There is a lot of competition. It is tougher now Dwight (Gayle) is back. Every chance I get I have to take it."