Legend Kenny Burns has praised Daryl Murphy for his display against Bristol City on Saturday.
The 35-year-old has a lot of competition up front this season but was picked to start by Aitor Karanka. He rewarded the Spaniard with the equalising goal to take a point away on the opening day.
Although he doesn’t believe the Irishman will be a regular starter this campaign, Burns credited Murphy for his goal. He wrote in his column for the Nottingham Post:
“People were saying he was finished and couldn’t cut it anymore, so he’ll have enjoyed going out there and proving them wrong. He got his chance and took it. He did well. He scored a good goal. And he’s strong enough, big enough and brave enough to hold the ball up.”
“I’d be happy with that performance if I were him, and I’m sure the manager will be too. I didn’t think Murphy would be in the first XI at Ashton Gate, but he did start the last two friendlies so I guess it wasn’t too much of a surprise.”
“I’m still not sure he’ll play regularly, though, because there’s so much competition up front.”
The target man is unlikely to hold onto his place for too long with £6m signing Lewis Grabban tipped to be given the bulk of matches as the main striker this season.
However, after having scored at the weekend, the striker will no doubt be determined to hold on to his place when we face West Brom tomorrow evening. It will be interesting to see who the manager picks when the team selection is announced for the first home game of the campaign.