December 5 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It was a special moment for Josh Murphy – but he admitted he had to play it cool after scoring the goal that sparked Norwich City’s Capital One League Cup comeback at Watford on Tuesday night.
The Canaries looked dead and buried at Vicarage Road, 2-0 down with less than quarter of an hour remaining before the 18-year-old substitute struck in a 77th minute piledriver off the woodwork to set up a 3-2 win after extra time – booking a fourth round tie to be decided in Wednesday evening’s draw.
It was some introduction for the FA Youth Cup winner from Downham Market, on what was his senior debut made successful thanks to Gary Hooper’s own full debut brace.
“It was unbelievable, the best moment; surreal,” said Murphy. “I just picked the ball up and thought, just hit it. You scored in America when I was away (on the first team’s pre-season tour) before, just hit it and see where it goes and then lucky it hit the bar and went in.
“I wanted to go and celebrate with the fans because they were unbelievable again tonight but obviously we were 2-1 down so we just got the ball straight back and tried to get the other goals.
“I was thinking should I run over to the fans, should I do a knee slide, what should I do? And then I was just thinking just get the ball, run back and go again.
“I think I caught the fans off guard because I don’t think they expected me to shoot. But I think Hoops was the main man, he won it with the two goals and he was outstanding.”
Murphy, who originates from near Wembley, was watched by his twin and fellow City winger Jacob at Vicarage Road. Josh added: “I saw him. He was buzzing when I scored too. All my family, my mum, dad and grandparents and younger brother all came down. I’m sure they’re all as made up as I am.
“I wanted to go off and celebrate with him but you know the circumstances we were in. I spoke to him after the game though and he was really happy too.”
Chris Hughton threw caution to the wind in giving Murphy his debut, at a point where City looked down and out.
“He just said go on and do your thing, and then see what you can get out of the game,” added Murphy. “It’s my first debut so you just savour the moment anyway.
“But I saw the right-back was vulnerable, getting cramp, so I thought just get at him and see what you can do. I got a couple of good crosses in, which we just failed to score from, but it was an unbelievable night and great experience for me.”
And Murphy denied he had the advantage of freedom over some of his more experienced team-mates who have had it tough following successive Premier League defeats.
“We’re all the same team,” he said. “Just because I’m the youngest it doesn’t mean I’m any different to any other player. Everyone went out there, did their job and stuck to their task, and we ground it out.”