Grateful Daryl Murphy issues message to Newcastle fans

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy has again thanked Newcastle United's fans – after he was welcomed back to St James's Park.

Murphy came off the bench for new club Nottingham Forest in last night's Carabao Cup tie.

And Tyler Walker scored what would turn out to be the extra-time winner for the visitors seconds after Murphy's 97th-minute introduction.

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Tyler Walker, centre

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Forest's 3-2 win booked the Championship club a third-round tie against Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next month.

Murphy was applauded on to the pitch by Newcastle fans in recognition of his efforts for the club in the Championship last season.

The 34-year-old, signed from Ipswich Town last summer, scored five league goals – six in total – for Rafa Benitez's side.

Asked if he was pleased by his reception, Murphy told NUFC TV: "Of course I was.

"I want to thank the fans, because I think I said when I left, they were brilliant with me from start to finish.

"They wished me all the best. I did what we asked of me when I came into the team, and always gave 100%. I think they just appreciated that."

Murphy, hampered by injury, didn't play much in the first half of the 2016-17 campaign.

But the Republic of Ireland international came into his own in the New Year when Gayle was sidelined with a hamstring problem.

"I think they knew I was waiting, and I think they were wondering was I still there by the time I got a chance, but I came on and done the business," said Murphy.

The cup defeat followed Premier League losses to Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur.

"It's early days yet," said Murphy. "It'll take a bit of time, but they'll be fine."

Forest paid United £2million for Murphy last month. He signed a three-year deal at the City Ground.