Luke Murphy believes that the added experience inside the Alex dressing room has helped us adjust to life in League One with relative success. The Railwaymen have reached 40 points and are perhaps at the crossroads on where our season could go in terms of challenging for a top six finish.
The Alex have a tough away fixture at Swindon this weekend followed by home games against Accrington Stanley and Sunderland before a visit to Neil Critchley’s Blackpool side at the beginning of March.
Murphy, who is closing in on 450 career appearances, believes that the experience inside the club can help us continue to grind out results and remain in touch with those above us.
The 31-year-old acknowledges that it has ‘to be one game at a time’ but he believes that on our day we are the best footballing side in the division and can give anyone a game at this level.
Murphy told the club’s official website: “We have shown that we can grind results out, especially away from home when we needed to. That shows that we have that extra bow to our game and it is important that we show that side of it again when it is needed.
“We all want to play, good; free flowing football but that cannot always be the case. The manager, Kenny and all the players want to play the right way and most of the squad here have grown up doing that from a young age – but I think the experienced lads have come in and helped with the other side of it.
“I think the likes of Omar, Mika, Ports, Billy Jones coming in, Olly Lancashire has been in the game a long time and I include myself in that to a certain extent now, they know what is needed at certain times.
“We have to keep learning and improving because although I think we are the best footballing side in the division, after playing everyone now, that doesn’t always count for everything. There is that other side, we didn’t show it at Gillingham but then we learned the lessons and took that into the Shrewsbury game.
“We have to keep going, cut out mistakes and see where that can take us.”