Chris Hughton is demanding less hype over Norwich City’s Murphy twins

Norwich City midfielder Josh Murphy made the most of his FA Cup chance against Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City midfielder Josh Murphy made the most of his FA Cup chance against Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
7:00 AM

Chris Hughton is ready to shield Josh Murphy from the growing hype after his sparkling full senior Norwich City debut.

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Murphy carved out an equaliser for Robert Snodgrass in the FA Cup third round draw against Fulham and was a constant menace until he made way for twin Jacob to make his first team bow. Hughton has blooded Josh from the bench in the Premier League over recent weeks, but the City boss is not poised to fast-track him into his starting line up.

“He is still 18 years of age. We must remember that and you always want to protect them from any sort of hype,” said Hughton. “I think we have done it quite well with him and all the younger players so far. You don’t want to convey the impression that perhaps they are ready for when they are not. With Josh you have to remember this is only the first season he has been involved training on a regular basis, but we are hopeful there is more to come from both him and his brother.

“What he has done is that on his full debut he has played very well. He has used the experience of this season and training with the first team and coming into the group to help him enormously but we know he is a prospect. The same as Jacob. They are very much part of the first team squad.”

Hughton realises he possesses two potential game-changers with both likely to be involved again in the Craven Cottage FA Cup replay next week.

“It will also depend where we are at that moment in terms of injuries but it is an opportunity for them, yes,” he said. “If you look at Josh he certainly grabbed his opportunity (against Fulham) and if you look at his brother coming on at the end that will certainly be great experience for him. It is very, very good for their development.

“They’re both exciting players. They’re very offensive and attacking players that can create things. Josh has been a little bit more involved than Jacob and he’s benefited from the experience he’s had with the first-team this season and coming on as a substitute on a few occasions.

“They know that it is about doing it on the bigger occasions, but Josh will get better for that. I thought he was excellent.”

11 comments

  • Wise words from Houghton, as he says he is only 18,

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • If it wasn't for the Murphy twins and the form of Howson, Hooper and, occasionally, Fer - I would be suicidal about this season. No doubt we will go to Everton to defend, but what's the point when we are so bad at it?

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • He's raw and got alot of work to do but at the moment with the injuries he deserves to be on the bench at least.

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • If there good enough they will make the team. No amount of policy or anything of the sort will keep a raw talent out. IMO Murphy is where he should be at currently. With all the injuries he's worthy of a place but if you compare him to a player a few years older in Redmond theres a huge gap. Yes Redmonds got a long way to go and needs to improve his decision making but hes more than raw pace. Murphy without his raw pace wouldn't be near the first team picture. Thats not to saw his useless and cant kick a ball. Just means there developement still required in certain areas. If there is one thing defenders hate its someone with pace running at them, this alone makes him worthy of being in and around the first team picture. Getting the minutes hes had will do him the world of good. I do worry Hughton will coach all the promising attacking attributes out of him but we will have to wait and see. With a fully fit squad he does not come close to the bench for me. Right now hes a dead cert for a spot on the bench though! For me hes the perfect foil for when Redmond tires (usually around the 70th minute). The full backs breathes a sigh of relief as the man whose made his life misery goes off....only for an even quicker youthful player to come on. Fingers crossed Murphy comes good. Would be nice if Jacob comes good to but he certainly seems to be the worse of the two twins. Plenty of time though. I would love, like Darren Eadie said post match, for the reserve league to come back. Most sides are just riddled with players who dont get game time. The u21 league is no benifit really. Yes 3 over 21s can play but there usually only pro's returning from injury and the games are so few and far between. How many full competitive 90minute games do you think the likes of Becchio & co have played in the last 12 months? The reserve league would be perfect for those players out of favour, back up keepers, and youthful prospects like the Murphys to get experience with sensior pro's etc. Just food for thought.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • If there good enough they will make the team. No amount of policy or anything of the sort will keep a raw talent out. IMO Murphy is where he should be at currently. With all the injuries he's worthy of a place but if you compare him to a player a few years older in Redmond theres a huge gap. Yes Redmonds got a long way to go and needs to improve his decision making but hes more than raw pace. Murphy without his raw pace wouldn't be near the first team picture. Thats not to saw his useless and cant kick a ball. Just means there developement still required in certain areas. If there is one thing defenders hate its someone with pace running at them, this alone makes him worthy of being in and around the first team picture. Getting the minutes hes had will do him the world of good. I do worry Hughton will coach all the promising attacking attributes out of him but we will have to wait and see. With a fully fit squad he does not come close to the bench for me. Right now hes a dead cert for a spot on the bench though! For me hes the perfect foil for when Redmond tires (usually around the 70th minute). The full backs breathes a sigh of relief as the man whose made his life misery goes off....only for an even quicker youthful player to come on. Fingers crossed Murphy comes good. Would be nice if Jacob comes good to but he certainly seems to be the worse of the two twins. Plenty of time though. I would love, like Darren Eadie said post match, for the reserve league to come back. Most sides are just riddled with players who dont get game time. The u21 league is no benifit really. Yes 3 over 21s can play but there usually only pro's returning from injury and the games are so few and far between. How many full competitive 90minute games do you think the likes of Becchio & co have played in the last 12 months? The reserve league would be perfect for those players out of favour, back up keepers, and youthful prospects like the Murphys to get experience with sensior pro's etc. Just food for thought.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Agree about thoughts on Everton game. We will go to defend for 90mins against one of the most attacking teams in the league. It wouldn't be so bad if we were actually good at defending.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • The manager should be applauded for his sensible and sensitive approach towards the younger players in the Club. Too many teams would just use their youth players without thought to their long term development both as footballers and as individuals. Well done Chris Hughton!

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • It is a difficult one to call, some players make the first team as young as 17 and even a few at 16, however, many then go on to get injuries and they do not experience a long career. Darren Eadie springs to mind as he was such a brilliant prospect at England under 21 level but the boot boys kicked him out of the game. However, on the flip side, many fast players loose their speed and advantage by their mid to late 20's. I think NCFC are managing the boys the right way but it cannot be too far away before they both feature regularly in the first team, something I look forward to.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • I agree with Houghton, he is only 18, bring him at a reasonable pace, they will both come good

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Apparently the Murphy twins are demanding less hype over Chris Hughton. Bit late now lads.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Chris Hughton demanding less hype!!!!! Are we allowed to Demand attractive free flowing attacking football, or if you are going to be defensive can we demand that you don't let in any goals !

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    Colby Army!

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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