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Berg's praise for Blackburn Rovers midfielder Murphy
HENNING Berg believes Danny Murphy played a key role in Rovers keeping control of Saturday's clash – but insists everyone still has room for improvement.
Murphy produced his best display since signing for Rovers from Fulham in the summer in the 1-1 draw with Birmingham, as he bids to silence his Ewood critics.
Boss Berg was delighted with the midfielder’s performance but, like the rest of the squad, he insists he is still looking for more.
He said: “He (Danny) had a very good game today. Some of his through passes were fantastic, some of his normal passes were good and made sure we kept control of the game.
“Of course there are some things he can improve as well but he had a good game and I think the way he plays, with the players he’s got around him, will suit him.
“We just have to find a way of playing that suits most players.
“There’s room for improvement in the whole team – a little higher tempo in the passing, a little bit quicker on the ball.
“Danny did well, had a good game. This was his third game more or less this week and was a big improvement from the Palace game. I thought he played well against Huddersfield too.“
Ruben Rochina’s spot kick was not enough to earn Berg his first win as Rovers boss, with Marlon King’s leveller enough for Birmingham to come away with a hard-earned point, but Berg was full of praise for his squad with Mauro Formica also impressing.
“Formica also had a good game and Ruben showed in the first half how good he can be,” said Berg.
“Even Markus Olsson, his positional play and work ethic was fantastic, he just lacked that little extra quality to finish a few of the chances.
“Jordan Rhodes was unlucky not to score with that header and when he went round the keeper in the first half. I thought our two central defenders handled it well today and Adam Henley – he has some pace.
“I felt we should have had the points. Our play at times was excellent, at times ok and at times could be better.
“At our best we caused them a lot of problems but just lacked that extra quality in the last third.
“The timings of the run, the quality of the crosses and the finishing.
“I thought we defended quite well without being tested too much. The overall play was quite good but we just need that extra tempo.
“We need to stay together and all pull together in the right direction.
“I am happy with the mindset and attitude today. We were competitive, looking to play and offensive minded.”
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