Jacob Murphy has brilliantly admitted that he studied Wolves’ goalkeeper Rui Patricio in his hotel room the night before our 1-1 draw with Wolves – and it paid off!
The winger struck a free kick in the 89th-minute to salvage an unlikely point in what was a pretty unadventurous performance at Molineux.
Both sides were poor and despite looking like we had an attacking lineup on paper, we persisted with our ‘lay and pray’ approach and, luckily, it worked once again as it so often does.
Murphy spoke after the game about studying the Portuguese stopper’s movement on set-pieces, believing that his weakness is getting down to low shots – something he exposed with just our second shot on target in the dying embers!
Here is what he had to say after the game:
Murphy also had some humble words about a pre-match chat with his twin brother after feeling ‘nervous’ ahead of his first Premier League start in almost two years:
How many times over the past couple of years have we said that the result has papered over the cracks of a poor NUFC performance.
Is it luck? How often can luck strike before there appears to be some method in the madness?
We were headed for another disappointing loss until Murphy struck out of nowhere but there are still some serious questions to be asked about this Steve Bruce side.
That said, it’s a good result and a brilliant moment for Murphy – a player who deserved his chance and his moment of glory after a strong performance and impressive pre-season.