Peter Murphy: Morecambe captain hopes inside knowledge can help upset Wycombe

Peter Murphy in action at Notts County on Monday.
Peter Murphy in action at Notts County on Monday.
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Peter Murphy is hoping his knowledge of Wycombe Wanderers can help Morecambe sink his former club on Saturday.

The Shrimps skipper enjoyed a successful year at Adams Park last year as Gareth Ainsworth’s side lost to Southend in the play-off final on penalties.

Murphy headed back north over the summer and is now hoping he can help Jim Bentley’s side start 2016 in style this weekend as they look to build on the 2-2 draw at Notts County on Monday.

The midfielder said: “They had a successful year last year and those principles will still be the same.

“I’ll be helping the gaffer a little bit, talking about what they do.

“They’ll have the confidence that winning brings but it’s more about what we do.

“We cant take a lot from the performance at Notts County on Monday.

“We did well especially in the first half.

“I don’t think we gave them a chance, we kept the ball well, we created chances and on another day we might have snuck the win.”

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Having swapped Accrington for Wycombe in 2014, Murphy was part of a side that went from struggling at the bottom of League 2 to promotion-chasing almost overnight.

The 25-year-old said: “Last year was a great year.

“We were at the right end of the league all the way through and then we got in the play-offs.

“It was disappointing not to go up automatically but then we got a trip to Wembley.

“That was a great experience even thought it didn’t end the way we wanted.”

Their success last season has continued this time around with Wycombe currently fifth in League 2 on the back of three straight wins.

Despite his previous allegiances Murphy says he will be treating this Saturday like any other game and isn’t expecting a frosty reception.

He said: “I had no problem with the fans or anyone at the club.

“It’s just a decision I made to leave for many different reasons.

“It will be a good game but I’ve just got to treat it like any other game.

“I’ve got no point to prove there I’m just going there with the lads and hopefully we’ll get a result.”

The Shrimps head south on Saturday 17th in the Football League’s bottom tier.

Bentley’s side are however closer to the play-offs than the relegation places with Murphy believing there is plenty to look forward to in 2016.

The Shrimps captain said: “There’s loads to be optimistic about.

“It’s only up to ourselves to put a decent run together and if we can do that in January it sets us up to go and challenge for the play-offs.

“Games have got called off and we might have more points on the board than we do but we’ve got more games in 2016 and it’s up to us to get the wins and see how far we can go.”

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