Blame players, not boss for Ipswich Town form - Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy
Murphy is in his second spell with Ipswich

Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy has said the responsibility for his side's slump should rest with the players.

Boss Paul Jewell has failed to manufacture a win in his team's last five Championship games, leaving them a point above the relegation zone.

"It's always the manager that gets the stick. But it's the players that go out there," Murphy told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"He can only pick the side he thinks is going to win. The players we have are good enough to win these games."

Ipswich's current search for a win was preceded by a six-game unbeaten streak, which yielded 14 points from a possible 18.

And 28-year-old Murphy, who is on a season-long loan from Celtic, believes a similar run of form is achievable.

"It's hard at the minute to pick everyone up. You need confidence in football," the Irishman explained.

"If we start winning a few games confidence will come back like it did when we were on a run.

"We've played good teams off the park but it's just a matter of getting back to doing it.

"The fans have been brilliant. They've had to be patient. Obviously they're not going to be happy with results, as are we.

"But you need the fans on your side and hopefully they will back us."

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