Murphy calls for character
Danny Murphy has urged his Fulham team-mates to show their fighting spirit against Chelsea and Newcastle.
Last Updated: 07/11/10 2:51pm
Danny Murphy has challenged his Fulham team-mates to show their fighting spirit against Chelsea and Newcastle.
The Cottagers displayed admirable battling qualities to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa on Saturday, with Brede Hangeland's late equaliser cancelling out an opener from Marc Albrighton.
Murphy admits the level of performance did not reach the heights of the previous weekend when Mark Hughes' side cruised to a 2-0 victory over Wigan.
But the midfielder was relieved to come away with a point and is now hoping it will set them up for a positive week.
"It wasn't one of our better days at the office," said Murphy. "In the first half we had a few chances but didn't convert them.
"Villa grew in stature, obviously got the goal, and when you concede at home to anyone in the Barclays Premier League you give yourself a mountain to climb.
"We did show good spirit, but we know we have to improve. Sometimes when you have played well and won as comfortably as we did last week, you go into the next game a bit complacent and I thought that happened, but we can't let that happen again because in the Premier League you get punished."
Under the cosh
Fulham travel to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to take on London rivals Chelsea and Murphy is ready for a tough test against the league leaders.
He knows the following clash with Newcastle on Saturday will also be tricky and has urged the rest of the Fulham team to scrap as hard as they can.
"We might have to be a bit more defence-minded against a team like Chelsea because they have such quality," said Murphy.
"So we'll have to be well organised, make sure we've got good shape and discipline and work really hard to keep a clean sheet.
"We know we're going to be under the cosh for long periods but of course we must try and cause a threat at the same time.
"We know it's a big derby and it's about time we got something there. We were close last year. It's something the players are looking forward to.
"We're backs-to-the-walls at the minute, so we need to remember we've got a good squad and a good spirit and we'll go to Chelsea and Newcastle and give it everything because we need more points on the board.
"We've got to show our fighting spirit for the fans."