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MAKING HIS CASE

Posted on 9 October 2006  - 12:00

Danny Murphy hopes he is building a strong case to hold on to his starting place following recent performances.

Danny Murphy hopes he is building a strong case to hold on to his starting place following recent performances.

The midfielder has started our last four games, with his influence increasing in each fixture leading up to his first goal for the Club last time out against Portsmouth. The 29-year-old believes a combination of continuity and versatility should serve him well in his bid to retain his spot in the team.

"The fact that in the games I have played centrally and on the left and done a reasonable job in both position could help," reasoned the former Liverpool and Charlton man. "It kind of goes for me in terms of future appearances because the gaffer knows I can do a job in either role.

"If the team is doing well it is up to somebody else to get the shirt off me. In the forthcoming weeks we will hopefully start to see people getting nearer to fitness - Aaron Lennon, Steed Malbranque, while Teemu Tainio has got a little injury as well now.

"There is going to be competition, but when you get in and do well it pushes your claim for future games. I think my performances so far have done me no harm."

"I think my performances so far have done me no harm."

What Danny didn't really want after forcing his way into the side was an international break calling a halt to the domestic programme.

"These things happen so most important is that we got a win before the break," he added on the blank weekend. "Ideally we would want to play straight away and get a run going, but you have to deal with these things.

"I'll just wait and train hard while the lads are away and make sure I stay right and physically fit - which is vital when you are trying to establish yourself in the team.

"We'll look forward to the Villa game because they are flying at the moment and it will be a big challenge for us up there."