Jamie Murphy was happy to put a difficult four weeks behind him and feature for 79 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Preston North End yesterday.
The Scotsman’s last competitive action was in the 2-2 draw at Bolton on 28th September, when he was given a three-match suspension following a straight red card and was relieved to be back on the pitch.
He said, “It’s been frustrating because it’s been a month since I had a game of football, but you’ve got Crofty [Andrew Crofts] coming back and he’s been out injured for a whole year, so I’m lucky it’s only been a month.
“The boys and the staff kept the spirits high. You just have to keep your spirits up and I have got to thank the staff and the boys for that.
“The only positive thing about it is that I got to do a little bit of extra work in the gym to get up to speed with the rest of the boys.
“It’s been a good three weeks’ training for me and I’m delighted to be back involved again.
“It makes it easier for me coming back into a team that’s got a mentality to not lose games. If we don’t win them, then you’ve got to make sure you get at least a point, which happened yesterday.”
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Murphy admitted that a draw was probably a fair reflection of the game and believes Albion must look to improve upon Saturday’s performance in the matches ahead.
“They made it difficult for us. They played a different shape and formation than maybe they’re used to playing week in week out, so in the end we take a point but we’ll look to play better than that.
“I thought we were the better team first half; we had a few opportunities here and there and they just never went in the back of the net.
“They obviously got their spirits up going in level and maybe they shaded it in second half.”
The 26-year-old admits he is willing to be deployed in any position to help the team and is eager to improve his goalscoring tally this season.
“I feel like I’m a good football player and if the manager asked me to play anywhere on the pitch then I would be definitely willing to try it.
“It’s up to the manager to decide what’s best for me, but playing on the left is always enjoyable.
“You want to play with the best players possible and there’s a lot of good quality players here. You learn off them, watch them in training and try to adapt your own game.
“With me playing out wide, I fancy myself to score a few goals this season and will hopefully get more than last year.”
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