Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn will be delighted with the way his team reacted after a disappointing defeat against Watford last weekend.
Leeds fought their way to a 2-1 win against Ipswich last night thanks to goals from Alex Mowatt and Billy Sharp, which has improved their standing on the Championship table.
One of the key areas of the side, which has been under pressure over the last couple of weeks has been the midfield and they seemed to dispel the notion that they were tired last night, with a positive and lively performance.
Luke Murphy had a great game in the middle of the team, linking things up and looking solid in all aspects of his game, which will bode well for his confidence over the next few important weeks for the team.
Murphy has been given an extended run of games by Neil Redfearn and he’s making it count after looking like he might struggle for game time, due to his inconsistency towards the first part of the Championship season.
Leeds have a very young side and Murphy is an example to any younger player rising up through the ranks, of what can be achieved through hard work and a simple determined attitude never to give up when things get tough.
Murphy’s challenge for the rest of the season is to stay in the side and keep impacting games in the right way. If he does that, there’s no reason he can’t retain his place looking ahead to next season regardless of the changes Redfearn could make this summer.
There is perhaps a need for a bit more experience in the middle of Leeds’ team, but no one can doubt the talent Murphy has and the potential of the younger players.
Here’s what Leeds fans on Twitter made of Murphy’s performance.
As good as most of the team played tonight though, thought Murphy was fantastic. Kept fighting right up until the final whistle #lufc— Thom Lancaster (@TommyLanc) March 5, 2015
Luke Murphy's anticipation to win the ball back/react to '2nd balls' was outstanding tonight, pace over 15/20 yards & energy #lufc— Lee (@TheLazyhazy) March 4, 2015
Give us two quality wide men next season and can't see why Cook, Mowatt and Murphy can't be our 3 in a 4-2-3-1 formation #lufc— Ty Upshon (@TyUpshon) March 4, 2015
Luke Murphy once again outstanding tonight. He's added everything to his game that was missing last season. First name on teamsheet. #LUFC— RightintheGaryKellys (@RITGK) March 4, 2015
Murphy now becoming one of first names on team sheet Passing energy and tackling tonight was impressive #lufc— Ty Upshon (@TyUpshon) March 4, 2015
I'm willing to apologise and say I'm eating my words with Murphy Was immense tonight Glad he proved me wrong #lufc— Ty Upshon (@TyUpshon) March 4, 2015