Brian Murphy back for Pompey after rival bids farewell

Brian Murphy. Picture: Colin Farmery
Brian Murphy. Picture: Colin Farmery
  • McCarey made six appearances and kept two clean sheets during his Pompey loan spell
  • Murphy had been first-choice keeper in the league before groin injury
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Brian Murphy will return to Pompey’s starting XI against Mansfield tomorrow.

And that has meant farewell to Wolves’ Aaron McCarey.

Brian did smashing before his injury, he’s getting better with games

Paul Cook

The return to fitness of Murphy following a groin injury has seen him occupy the bench in Pompey’s last two matches.

Now, following yesterday’s expiry of McCarey’s loan, the former QPR keeper is to find himself back in the Blues’ side.

Murphy has not lined up in Pompey’s last seven fixtures, yet was first-choice before his injury.

And Cook is looking for him to pick up where he left off against Barnet on September 12.

Pompey’s boss said: ‘Brian did smashing before his injury, he’s getting better with games.

‘He’s a very proactive goalkeeper, very off his front foot, played well in a reserve game (Cardiff) the other day and has been training excellently.

‘He is our goalkeeper as such so it was a case of we must look after our own eventually.

‘He’s a great lad and that is important around the place, we don’t have much hidden.

‘Our goalkeepers are not really coming under pressure in most games to be fair, but it is still a very important part of the pitch and one we have got to get right.’

McCarey was signed on an initial 28-day loan arrangement with Wolves following a Pompey goalkeeper injury crisis.

Murphy, Paul Jones and Michael Poke were all sidelined at the same time at the end of last month.

He went on to make six appearances, keeping clean sheets against Yeovil and Newport County.

Yet following Murphy’s return, Cook has decided against renewing McCarey’s loan.

Poke is still at least a fortnight away from returning after damaging his collarbone, while Jones could be missing for another two months yet.

Nonetheless Murphy is raring to go, while Academy keeper Alex Bass can serve as back-up on the bench against Mansfield tomorrow after making six previous squads this season.

As for McCarey, Cook has been pleased with his input.

He added: ‘We’ve not really seen a lot of him, if truth be known, have we?

‘Initially all lads need games so to judge anyone early on is wrong, you must be given games.

‘As that has happened I think he has looked better and more assured with his catching and different stuff.’