Murphy happy with start
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Danny Murphy feels Charlton have already shown improvement from last season.Danny Murphy feels Charlton Athletic's win over Sunderland is an early sign of improvement from last season.
Charlton's 2004/05 campaign fizzled out after a promising first half of the season which offered the promise of European football.
Aiming for a Uefa Cup spot is again on the agenda at The Valley and the club started this term with a 3-1 triumph at promoted Sunderland.
Murphy grabbed the second goal at The Stadium of Light and, while not getting carried away, is confident the team are stronger than in the last campaign.
"It's a fine line between a win and a draw sometimes," Murphy told Sky Sports News. "It went our way so we're pleased.
"It's been a good day but it's just one game after all. I remember last year we got beat 4-1 at Bolton and it was like the end of the world and then we won the next two.
"If we lose next week this one's forgotten.
"We've shown we've come on from last season and we have got pace and menace with [Darren] Bent and he is going to be a handful for a lot of defences this season."
Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy scored with a trademark free kick after Darren Ambrose had been sent off on his debut.
Murphy admits he had been practising his delivery prior to the game and felt it was always going to be an avenue worth exploiting once Charlton were down to ten men.
He added: "My goal helped us and gave us something to hang on to.
"I practised a few funny enough with no keeper just to get the technique right.
"I didn't practise them too much in pre-season because I was working on getting fit. I did score one in a pre-season friendly.
"When you are down to ten men, set-plays are probably the best hope for a goal and that gave us impetus. Everyone was a bit flat when we went down to ten men and it gave us an extra yard to push on."