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Andy Cryer column: Murphy will be key to Blackburn Rovers' Premier dream

DANNY Murphy arrived at Blackburn Rovers amid a mass of media hype and supporter expectation.

He was the man Steve Kean said would be an integral part of Rovers’ Premier League return, who would control the midfield and dictate games.

Some questioned signing a 34-year-old on big wages but the majority saw what he did at Fulham last season and expected him to prove one of the signings of the summer.

Fast forward a couple of months and Murphy had become a villain in many fans’ eyes. A disappointing start to life at Ewood Park saw him axed from the side and subjected to jeers from the stands.

‘Stealing a living’ and ‘he doesn’t care’ were accusations unfairly thrown at him over the internet. There was no doubt he had performed poorly but to say it was through a lack of effort was ridiculous.

Murphy knows he still has a lot to prove but the last three games under Henning Berg have suggested Rovers could still get the player they thought they were signing.

Suddenly from only passing sideways and backwards at a painfully slow pace, Murphy has been further up the field, playing at a higher tempo and making some incisive passes.

During a long chat with the former England international last week it was obvious Murphy had been as frustrated as anyone about his form. Maybe he made the mistake of expecting the Champ-ionship to be easier than it was and maybe he had made the mistake of expecting to slot into the side with the ease he did at Fulham.

The first couple of months will have knocked any subconscious complacency out of his mind though and left him in no mistake about what is needed to be a success in this division.

Let’s not get carried away by three impressive performances in a row but you can’t help but be encour-aged by what we have seen since Berg has come in.

The style of play has allowed Murphy to get further forward and, with Ruben Rochina, pictured inset, always in space in front of him, he suddenly has someone him to pass to.

If Rovers are to get promoted this season they need an in-form Danny Murphy. If he plays well Rovers should play well, if he doesn’t, the team will struggle.

Murphy won’t be bothered by a bit of fan criticism, just as he won’t get carried away by having his praises sung in recent times.

He has not come to Ewood Park just to wind his career down. He has come here to help Rovers to promotion and to enjoy a Premier League swan-song next campaign.

Having spent a bit of time with him last week though anyone doub-ting his passion should think again.

Murphy cares about the future.

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1:55pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Brears says...

Murphy has has been excellent over the last 3 games and has won many of the fans over. A standing ovation when taken off against Birmingham and fans singing his sname at Peterborough demonstrate this. The system with Ruben playing obviously suits him better.
Murphy has has been excellent over the last 3 games and has won many of the fans over. A standing ovation when taken off against Birmingham and fans singing his sname at Peterborough demonstrate this. The system with Ruben playing obviously suits him better. Brears
  • Score: 10

1:55pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Brears says...

Murphy has has been excellent over the last 3 games and has won many of the fans over. A standing ovation when taken off against Birmingham and fans singing his sname at Peterborough demonstrate this. The system with Ruben playing obviously suits him better.
Murphy has has been excellent over the last 3 games and has won many of the fans over. A standing ovation when taken off against Birmingham and fans singing his sname at Peterborough demonstrate this. The system with Ruben playing obviously suits him better. Brears
  • Score: 1

1:55pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Brears says...

Murphy has has been excellent over the last 3 games and has won many of the fans over. A standing ovation when taken off against Birmingham and fans singing his sname at Peterborough demonstrate this. The system with Ruben playing obviously suits him better.
Murphy has has been excellent over the last 3 games and has won many of the fans over. A standing ovation when taken off against Birmingham and fans singing his sname at Peterborough demonstrate this. The system with Ruben playing obviously suits him better. Brears
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Thu 22 Nov 12

BananaClarets says...

I think you've made your point.
I think you've made your point. BananaClarets
  • Score: -4

2:00pm Thu 22 Nov 12

kazluvsrovers says...

I must admit there is a vast improvement in Murphy since Henning became manager,
lets just hope he stays consistent and doesn't go back to his lazy ways.
I dont agree with booing our players but I think that was the kick up the bottom that Murphy needed.
Keep playing the way you are now Danny and you will soon win back all the fans.
Come on you Blues!!!!
I must admit there is a vast improvement in Murphy since Henning became manager, lets just hope he stays consistent and doesn't go back to his lazy ways. I dont agree with booing our players but I think that was the kick up the bottom that Murphy needed. Keep playing the way you are now Danny and you will soon win back all the fans. Come on you Blues!!!! kazluvsrovers
  • Score: 6

2:49pm Thu 22 Nov 12

100%ROVERS says...

DANNY THE JURY REMAINS OUT !!!

- You backed KEAN publicly and blamed the attitude of ex players for our relegation (Samba) not the mess behind the scenes ..

- You & Etuhu need to show more going forward. You need to win your tackles AND YOU NEED TO TRACK !!!!

- You need to encourage the younger pro's not berate them when your passes go astray (yes weve seen you !!)

- You MUST STOP KISSING THE BADGE !!! You havnt earned that yet Danny - dont disrespect the fans by thinking you are there yet ...

- If you do this and maintain your current form I for one will support you ...

But 3 good games and a new press interview does not a good player make yet Danny ...

FINALLY WELL DONE HENNING !!!!
DANNY THE JURY REMAINS OUT !!! - You backed KEAN publicly and blamed the attitude of ex players for our relegation (Samba) not the mess behind the scenes .. - You & Etuhu need to show more going forward. You need to win your tackles AND YOU NEED TO TRACK !!!! - You need to encourage the younger pro's not berate them when your passes go astray (yes weve seen you !!) - You MUST STOP KISSING THE BADGE !!! You havnt earned that yet Danny - dont disrespect the fans by thinking you are there yet ... - If you do this and maintain your current form I for one will support you ... But 3 good games and a new press interview does not a good player make yet Danny ... FINALLY WELL DONE HENNING !!!! 100%ROVERS
  • Score: -6

5:12pm Thu 22 Nov 12

dangerous dave says...

Mr Cryer this is the biggest load of nonsense I have read for some time - Murphy left Fulham because he was finished there and no longer wanted - a move north on a freebie with 'big wages' suited him down to earth to see his playing days out and his support for Kean just proved it - two losers together on big 'bucks'
OUT WITH SHAW AGNEW BLACK HENDRY SINGH
Mr Cryer this is the biggest load of nonsense I have read for some time - Murphy left Fulham because he was finished there and no longer wanted - a move north on a freebie with 'big wages' suited him down to earth to see his playing days out and his support for Kean just proved it - two losers together on big 'bucks' OUT WITH SHAW AGNEW BLACK HENDRY SINGH dangerous dave
  • Score: -13

8:19pm Thu 22 Nov 12

PersianRover says...

He is playing better, but could not last 60 minutes in the last game and still a bit sloppy.

Nothing special. Not playing badly and a few decent passes in an hour won't help too much.
He is playing better, but could not last 60 minutes in the last game and still a bit sloppy. Nothing special. Not playing badly and a few decent passes in an hour won't help too much. PersianRover
  • Score: 0

9:03pm Thu 22 Nov 12

BlueSkies says...

PersianRover wrote:
He is playing better, but could not last 60 minutes in the last game and still a bit sloppy.

Nothing special. Not playing badly and a few decent passes in an hour won't help too much.
Were we three up at that point or was it 4, I forget?
[quote][p][bold]PersianRover[/bold] wrote: He is playing better, but could not last 60 minutes in the last game and still a bit sloppy. Nothing special. Not playing badly and a few decent passes in an hour won't help too much.[/p][/quote]Were we three up at that point or was it 4, I forget? BlueSkies
  • Score: 1

10:53pm Thu 22 Nov 12

tootsio11 says...

100%ROVERS wrote:
DANNY THE JURY REMAINS OUT !!!

- You backed KEAN publicly and blamed the attitude of ex players for our relegation (Samba) not the mess behind the scenes ..

- You & Etuhu need to show more going forward. You need to win your tackles AND YOU NEED TO TRACK !!!!

- You need to encourage the younger pro's not berate them when your passes go astray (yes weve seen you !!)

- You MUST STOP KISSING THE BADGE !!! You havnt earned that yet Danny - dont disrespect the fans by thinking you are there yet ...

- If you do this and maintain your current form I for one will support you ...

But 3 good games and a new press interview does not a good player make yet Danny ...

FINALLY WELL DONE HENNING !!!!
So your a hypocrit then as I'm 100% sure Rhodes public ally backed Steve kean aswell don't see him getting slated too much!
[quote][p][bold]100%ROVERS[/bold] wrote: DANNY THE JURY REMAINS OUT !!! - You backed KEAN publicly and blamed the attitude of ex players for our relegation (Samba) not the mess behind the scenes .. - You & Etuhu need to show more going forward. You need to win your tackles AND YOU NEED TO TRACK !!!! - You need to encourage the younger pro's not berate them when your passes go astray (yes weve seen you !!) - You MUST STOP KISSING THE BADGE !!! You havnt earned that yet Danny - dont disrespect the fans by thinking you are there yet ... - If you do this and maintain your current form I for one will support you ... But 3 good games and a new press interview does not a good player make yet Danny ... FINALLY WELL DONE HENNING !!!![/p][/quote]So your a hypocrit then as I'm 100% sure Rhodes public ally backed Steve kean aswell don't see him getting slated too much! tootsio11
  • Score: 6

10:57pm Sat 24 Nov 12

SimonGarner says...

dangerous dave, you are a knob of the highest order.

You spew your negative bile under every rovers article, give it a bloody rest. Go on holiday, get a woman, spend time with friends, there's more to life to being a seething keyboard warrior.
dangerous dave, you are a knob of the highest order. You spew your negative bile under every rovers article, give it a bloody rest. Go on holiday, get a woman, spend time with friends, there's more to life to being a seething keyboard warrior. SimonGarner
  • Score: 1

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