December 10 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Dagenham & Redbridge striker Rhys Murphy may be feeling slightly worse for wear this morning but he believes it was all worth it as they came away with a 1-0 victory at Southend United last night.
The former Arsenal youngster proved to be the man involved in all the key moments at Roots Hall, with the 22-year-old on the end of Mark Phillips’ 26th minute tackle which saw the defender dismissed by referee James Linnington.
And though he doesn’t remember too much about the incident, his team-mates believed the right decision was made.
“I don’t remember a lot about the tackle,” said Murphy. “I just remember him coming through and hitting me high.
“I have asked a few of the guys and I asked them whether it should have been a sending off and they’ve said yes but it all happened so quickly, I couldn’t see.”
He added: “I’m a bit sore and the bruise is coming out already but that happens in football and I’ve got to make sure I’m right for Saturday, fully recovered and ready to push on again.
“It’s a day off tomorrow so it’s feet up on the sofa with a lot of ice ready for training again on Thursday.”
Murphy then went on to score what proved to be the winner five minutes later after lobbing home goalkeeper Daniel Bentley to take his tally to seven goals for the season and move himself joint top of the goalscoring chart for League Two with York City’s Ryan Jarvis.
But the summer signing felt the Daggers should have made much more of their numerical advantage.
“That’s my job – to go and score goals for the team,” he added. “I felt I should have had at least one more tonight so it was bit disappointing but it’s another goal and another three points.
“We were a bit disappointed that we didn’t go on and win by two or three goals. I had a couple of chances myself so it’s disappointing but three points is the main thing. We’ve come to a tough place against a team who in good form at the moment. If people see the other team go down to 10 men they expect you to go on a rout.
“That definitely wasn’t the case today, we knew it was going to be tough with Southend, they tightened it up and made it difficult for us but we did what we had to do.”