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NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Posted on 19 October 2006  - 12:00

Danny Murphy has played on a number of memorable nights in European competition and believes he has just taken part in another against Besiktas.

Danny Murphy has played on a number of memorable nights in European competition and believes he has just taken part in another against Besiktas.

The team put on a fantastic display in Istanbul to get our UEFA Cup Group B campaign off to a winning start with Danny once again pulling the strings from the left hand side of midfield.

"It will be one to remember and it was a top performance against a good side," said the former Liverpool man and UEFA Cup winner. "We'd watched them quite a lot beforehand on video and realised they have some quality players.

"Having played over here before I knew how difficult is and nothing should be taken away from the quality of that performance because if we had won by three or four nobody could have complained.

"Everyone to a man played well, everyone played near enough to their capabilities and, as I said, we could have won by more," he reasoned, before giving his take on the reception given to the team by the home fans afterwards at the Inonu Stadium.

"It is very rare for that to happen and that is credit to their supporters who kept going throughout. They then still had the humility to clap us off at the end, which says a lot for them and a lot for our performance."

It is straight into preparations for West Ham on Sunday now and Danny suspects this win will increase the belief in the side for the challenges ahead.

"It is about consistency and if we don't get a good result on Sunday it will take the shine off this one. What this definitely does is increase our confidence and gives us a nice foundation for the forthcoming games.

"We haven't been beaten now since the Liverpool game, we've played some good football in the last couple of games and here was probably the best 90 minutes we've played in a while."

"It is about consistency and if we don't get a good result on Sunday it will take the shine off this one."