Cook lays down law to Pompey keeper Murphy

Keeper Brian Murphy's form has come under scrutiny in recent weeks Picture: Joe Pepler
Keeper Brian Murphy's form has come under scrutiny in recent weeks Picture: Joe Pepler
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BRIAN MURPHY must cut out the mistakes to win over Pompey fans.

Blues boss Paul Cook told the goalkeeper he must ‘eradicate’ the errors from his game to become a Fratton favourite.

What Murph must do to endear himself to our fans is eradicate those mistakes.

Paul Cook

Murphy’s mishit clearance proved costly in the 2-2 draw at Wycombe Wanderers last week.

Cook knows those sort of mistakes need to stop if he is to quell doubts over him.

‘It’s been tough for Murph, because he’s made a couple of big mistakes,’ said Cook.

‘But he’s also made a couple of big saves after those mistakes.

‘The lad missed a chance to make it 3-0 last weekend. Would we have come back from that?

‘What Murph must do to endear himself to our fans is eradicate those mistakes.’

Cook feels his side are still giving away goals which could easily be avoided. In his eyes, there’s few efforts conceded this season which couldn’t have been stopped.

‘We’re not stupid. We’ve conceded far too many goals for the pressure we’ve come under,’ added the manager.

‘It was commented on that we haven’t conceded many good goals. The goals against us have been set-pieces and poor defending.

‘Carlisle was a penalty and 25-yard screamer. Is it a good goal? A left-back shooting from 25 yards on his weaker foot?

‘There was a backpass throw-in and two goals from set-pieces at Notts County.

‘It’s sloppiness. That’s what we call it and, unfortunately, we have to brush up on it.’

– JORDAN CROSS