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

Matt Ritchie and Daryl Murphy
Matt Ritchie and Daryl Murphy

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.

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.

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."