Alan Knight: Pompey spotlight on Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy has been backed by Pompey legend Alan Knight
Brian Murphy has been backed by Pompey legend Alan Knight
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A goalkeeper’s lot.

It’s a phrase that sums up Brian Murphy’s afternoon at Wycombe.

Being under the spotlight comes with the territory of playing in between the sticks. – I should know!

But my own opinion is that his duffed clearance which handed the Chairboys the opening goal in the 2-2 draw on Saturday was not a massive goalkeeping rick.

A lot of people have asked whether he should have come off his line in the first place.

I think he is positive in making the decision to come and kick the clearance but the mistake he has made is trying to smash it too hard.

The problem is he found himself out of position.

When that happens you are hoping your team-mates can get you out of trouble.

It was not like Brian kicked it straight to a player who then fired it straight back into the net.

It was laid off to another guy first but the shot could not be stopped.

It was an error and it certainly cost us a goal – I understand and get that.

But I don’t see it as a real goalkeeping blunder. like a handling mistake or the ball going through your legs.

The flip side to that is that Brian makes a crucial stop at 2-0 down to stop it going 3-0.

Not long after that we go up and get a goal just before half-time.

That goes a little bit unnoticed but, as I say, that’s a goalkeeper’s lot.

Brian’s confidence will be under the microscope because he has got a little bit of flack and a few people are pointing fingers after recent mistakes against Macclesfield and Notts County.

But now he has to stand up to the plate and take it on the chin.

He is in an area that he has never been in before in respect of the number of games he has played at this level.

But I am sure he will pull himself out of a dip – we all have them.

If I was Brian, I would be taking the positives from the game and the fact that he made a crucial save.

On a lighter note, if you’ll pardon the pun, I will be switching on the Christmas lights at Portchester precinct this Friday (5pm).

That’s after I have popped along to Paulsgrove to hear youngsters from St Paul’s school choir sing carols before their switch on (3pm).

And I will be completing a festive hat-trick next Monday (4.30pm) at Samaritans’ Portsmouth Branch.

I am honoured to support our local Samaritans volunteers.

Santa may have made one or two more appearances than me, but this light is going to stay on all year round.

And I am sure it will be a beacon of hope for anyone feeling emotional pain.