Date: 25th October 2015 at 6:12pm
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Jamie Murphy has said he was delighted to put a difficult four weeks behind him as he made a 79 minute return to the pitch against Preston North End yesterday.

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Speaking to the Official Site as he sopke to the media in what was his first competitive appearance again since the two all draw with Bolton at the end of September where he picked up a three game ban following a straight red card, a pleased Murphy explained.

‘It`s been frustrating because it`s been a month since I had a game of football, but you`ve got Crofty coming back and he`s been out injured for a whole year, so I`m lucky it`s only been a month. The boys and the staff kept the spirits high. You just have to keep your spirits up and I have got to thank the staff and the boys for that. The only positive thing about it is that I got to do a little bit of extra work in the gym to get up to speed with the rest of the boys. It`s been a good three weeks` training for me and I`m delighted to be back involved again. It makes it easier for me coming back into a team that`s got a mentality to not lose games. If we don`t win them, then you`ve got to make sure you get at least a point, which happened yesterday.’

Speaking about the game more specifically, Murphy said that on reflection a point was probably fair to both sides given how the game played out across the 90 minutes and he credited the opposition for making it a very tough game for us – but he knows we are capable of playing better than we managed in the game.

‘They made it difficult for us. They played a different shape and formation than maybe they`re used to playing week in week out, so in the end we take a point but we`ll look to play better than that. I thought we were the better team first half; we had a few opportunities here and there and they just never went in the back of the net. They obviously got their spirits up going in level and maybe they shaded it in second half.’

Going back to himself and the rest of the season though, the 26 year old said he was happy to play anywhere for the gaffer, but he definitely wanted to increase his goal tally this year.

‘I feel like I`m a good football player and if the manager asked me to play anywhere on the pitch then I would be definitely willing to try it. It`s up to the manager to decide what`s best for me, but playing on the left is always enjoyable. You want to play with the best players possible and there`s a lot of good quality players here. You learn off them, watch them in training and try to adapt your own game. With me playing out wide, I fancy myself to score a few goals this season and will hopefully get more than last year.’

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