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Murphy:"It Is Up To Us As Players To Step Up"

2 November 2021

Club captain says team need to start winning to give ourselves the best chance of remaining in League One.

Alex captain Luke Murphy says that he hopes his team-mates went home after Saturday’s disappointing home defeat to MK Dons and ‘looked long into the mirror’.

Murphy, who is in a second spell at the club is hurting to see the club at the bottom of League One after the progress we have made over the last few years and the experienced midfielder says it is now up to the players to really start producing to give ourselves a chance of survival.

Murphy says that the prospect of a ‘must win’ game against fellow strugglers Doncaster Rovers this evening is the ideal opportunity to try and ignite our season into something like we are capable of.

The club captain explained to the club’s official website: “There is no dressing it up, Saturday was bad, very bad, and as a player you just want another game to come around. There were things discussed and said after the game that I think will help us.

“As players, we now to start realising that we have to step up and get ourselves out of trouble. You can talk about the pressure of facing Doncaster who are down there with us, but we have put that pressure on ourselves by the results.

“I hope on Saturday that the lads went home and had a good long look in the mirror and asked themselves some questions, I know I did because it is only us who can turn it around.

“There is only so much, the manager and staff can do to help us. It is up to us as a group to respond and put on a performance and it certainly has to be better than it was for large periods on Saturday.

“Of course, it is hard for me to say things are going to be fine and okay but I genuinely believe it will be. Yes, we have lost some good players but we have also signed some good players too and it is about us rolling our sleeves up, run about more and put some tackles in, because I don’t think we did that side of the game enough on Saturday against MK Dons.

He added: “It hurts me because this is my club. I cannot talk for others but it hurts me to see the club where they are at the moment and we have to raise our standards to get out of it, all of us.”

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