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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Dagenham & Redbridge striker Rhys Murphy is hoping they can start October as they finished September – with victory as they travel to League Two basement-boys Accrington Stanley tomorrow.
Many predicted another season of struggle for the Daggers, but a five-game unbeaten run has seen them rise to 12th in the League Two table after last Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Bury.
And while it is still early days, the 23-year-old front man hopes his side can maintain their good start at former England international James Beattie’s Lancashire outfit.
“We were one of the favourites to go down at the start of the season and on last season’s final day survival that does make sense,” said Murphy.
“It is a long old season but we have had a good start and confidence in the camp is high at the moment.
“Hopefully we are earning a bit more respect which we thoroughly deserve in my opinion. But whatever the situation we just want to carry on picking up the points and we’ll happily go quietly about our business.”
Murphy has enjoyed a good start to life at Victoria Road, netting four goals in eight league games for the club.
The former Arsenal youngster is happy to add the finishing touch and he’s praised his team-mates for welcoming him with open arms while also supplying him with the ammunition to fire in the goals.
“It’s all been going great so far,” he added. “The boys and the management staff have all been great and made me feel at home straight away.
“I’m pleased with my start, but as a striker you are only as good as the delivery you get in to the box and so far the boys have been great.
“Zavon has been great as well on the wing giving the full backs a hard time and he has joined a good set of players.
“But more importantly I feel we have a good balance in the squad, a solid defence, good midfield and a strong attack.”
Friday night football is something slightly different for most of the players, but Murphy has had plenty of experience during his one-year stay in Holland while playing for Telstar in the Dutch second division.
And though the Daggers are coming up against a side currently three points adrift at the bottom of league and without a win in nine attempts, Murphy knows they can’t afford to write off the Crown Ground hosts.
“Quite a few games over in Holland are played on a Friday night so I’m used to it more than a few of the boys,” said Murphy.
“But it shouldn’t really have too much of an effect, we’ll be under the lights but after this good start we can’t take our foot off the gas. Accrington are already fighting for their lives.”
Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes that Arsenal have the ability to win the league this season.