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Murphy: Town Can Cope Without Campbell
Thursday, 3rd Jan 2013 06:00

Ipswich can cope without DJ Campbell if the 10-goal loan striker doesn't return from his parent club QPR, according to his Blues strike partner Daryl Murphy, who says Michael Chopra now has a chance to re-establish himself in the side. Campbell is due back in training with Rangers today ahead of Saturday's FA Cup third round tie against West Brom at Loftus Road.

Murphy, who has netted five times this season, said: “You have to have players who can step up when required. Basically, DJ has been scoring all the goals for us but we know Chops can do that too.

“He’s done it at every club he’s been at. He just hasn’t had so many chances recently because we’ve been playing so well and the gaffer has stuck with the same team.

“There’s more to our squad than the starting eleven. I’ve been in the same situation as Chops, as recently as last year, when the team was on a run and I wasn’t even getting on the bench.

“I know how frustrating it is and every time you get a chance you have to do your best. It’s happened for me with the gaffer – I was on the bench for a while and it’s not nice when you’re not playing.

“You’re pleased when the team wins but more than anything you want to be out there. It’s about working hard and taking your chance when it comes. I nicked a few goals as a sub and got back in the team.

“You just have to stick at it by working hard in training and trying to impress the gaffer. He looks for that sort of reaction from players and I think we’ve got a good bunch of lads here who do that. If Chops gets his chance it will be up to him to grab it and I think he definitely can.”

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hello66 added 07:37 - Jan 3
Chops its your time to shine !

campowasgod added 07:46 - Jan 3
Jason its your time to shine !

RetroBlue added 07:56 - Jan 3
Really Murphy, is that so ? Well if we have to depend on you to score those goals on a regualr basis guess we will be waiting a long while.

trulyblue added 08:12 - Jan 3
Really constructive comment RetroBlue....... A player who has been playing well over the last month or so trys to lift the confidence of a fellow player who we now need to rely on and all you can do is shoot him down ! Sometimes you just have to shake your head and laugh at some of our 'supporters', oh how I wish they would fcuk off and 'support someone else !

hodgie1989 added 08:20 - Jan 3
Ronan Murray its your time to shine!

bluesfranc added 08:23 - Jan 3
trulyblue has a very good point, Murphy is trying to boost our strikers confidence, we shouldn't be putting it down again. We should get behind the team whatever the starting 11 is. While Campbell is back at QPR one of our own strikers will be on the pitch with Murphy so lets get behind them rather than saying how they won't score.

Rentaghost added 08:29 - Jan 3
Any of the outfield ten players to shine

bluemikey100 added 08:40 - Jan 3
ronan murray forgot all about him

Karlosfandangal added 08:40 - Jan 3
Big test for the team Saturday with Henderson Orr and Campbell out.
Loach and Chopra have a point to prove and poss Jet is Edwards goes to right back or possible Hewitt playing he first full game.
Aston Villa could be in the Championship next year so will see how far we have come or see where we need to replace.

l12rdp added 08:44 - Jan 3
hodgie a good point after all we could be sitting on another jordan thodes.murphy is our leader.i was at the charlton match and murphy looked very good and the atmosphere was electric lets stop slagging down the team and get behind them now they have shown they are more than capable,we can't rely on campbell coming back chances are with our luck he will sign a three year contract come back and get injured just our luck we ain't a club about one player.chops just get your head in gear and get that 20 you promised us.COYB

IpswichLewis added 08:51 - Jan 3
JET it's your time to shine...for the 15th time!

greentractorboy added 08:54 - Jan 3
chopra should go now waste of space not ft to wear a town shirt

oscarwhiting added 09:02 - Jan 3
Jake Marriott it's your time to shine

C_HealyIsAPleasure added 09:22 - Jan 3
Town are not done for without DJ. Yes he scores goals but what else does he offer? At least with him gone we can play one of our own - Chopra, or even Ellington. BETTER OFF RID!

SomershamBlue added 09:26 - Jan 3
Credit to Murphy, he's saying the right thing.
Whether Chopra can still deliver, I have my doubts - would love for him to do so.

blueherts added 09:43 - Jan 3
DJ Campbell has been pretty clinical - he is a goalscorer - nowt else who was getting a good link with DM ... I honestly believe JET can play in more forward role and really start using his talent - I know TC has been working with him to develop more Central attacking role. We know Chops can do it , and I really hope he does coz if he starts scoring again he wont stop ...............COYB -

alexharban added 10:10 - Jan 3
Taylor Hendry it's your time to shine !

StuartBrett8 added 10:11 - Jan 3
All Chopra needed earlier in the season was a strike partner, playing him as a lone striker was a poor decision.

pazelle added 10:12 - Jan 3
Who's time to shine is it?

PSGBlue added 10:12 - Jan 3
Murphy, Chopra, Scotland and JET all will get us the odd goal but none will be regular scorers. We are back to the same problems we had at the start of the season. The one main difference being that the back four seem more settled and reliable, although an injury to either Chambers or Smith and we are short on cover.

Despite what Murphy says, we still need another striker, a creative midfielder who can service those up front and cover for the defence.

BossMan added 10:23 - Jan 3
I hope Mick gives Jack Marriott the extra spot in the squad vacated by DJ and then gets him on the pitch at some point. At some stage we have to start planning for next season and playing some of our kids against the kids at Villa in the Cup might be a smart move. It will give senior players a rest and we will avoid injuries and bookings to important players we need back winning points in the league.

Cheshire_Blue added 10:24 - Jan 3
PSG Blue ,you are spot on. Whatever happened to Norris and Leadbitter ?

karls_dad added 10:38 - Jan 3
Chops to stand up and be counted as a direct replacement for DJC, hmm now who would have a bet on that, oh! of course Chops would, about the only one!

BergholtBru added 10:45 - Jan 3
Retroblue. That`s simply b.l.o.ks. End of.

tractorboyz82 added 10:48 - Jan 3
Think we should give jet a run up front,chopra has had lots of chances and what the hell does mm see in reo cock up.

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