‘I feel on fire’ – Star thankful to Farke and hopes City can be upwardly mobile

Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta clears from Norwich City forward Josh Murphy, who lets his frustr

Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta clears from Norwich City forward Josh Murphy, who lets his frustration out as a result. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Josh Murphy feels on fire and hopes his form – and Norwich City's – can start turning their season around, following on from the Canaries' goalless FA Cup draw with Chelsea.

Josh Murphy was at his industrious best as Norwich City held last season's FA Cup finalists Chelsea

Josh Murphy was at his industrious best as Norwich City held last season's FA Cup finalists Chelsea to a goalless draw at Carrow Road, in this season's third round. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Canaries' gutsy FA Cup third-round effort earned a Stamford Bridge replay and extended their unbeaten run to four matches.

The goalless draw also brought a big reception from Carrow Road on Saturday evening, with Murphy a consistent pest to the back line of the defending Premier League champions.

Indeed, the 22-year-old winger is rediscovering his autumn form after a trickier spell ahead of Christmas – and that bodes well for head coach Daniel Farke and all of a Norwich disposition.

'I can't put my finger on why but there was obviously that massive dip, but then as soon as I can find that rhythm and self-belief again I can show what I can do,' said Murphy.

Josh Murphy gets his angles wrong in what proved one of Norwich City's best chances against Chelsea,

Josh Murphy gets his angles wrong in what proved one of Norwich City's best chances against Chelsea, in their goalless FA Cup third round tie at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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'The last three or four games I've felt on fire, and I just want to keep that going.

'I'm thriving now. As soon as my confidence came back I think everyone could see I just want the ball, want to face people up and then just do my thing.

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'So that's massive credit to the manager for always showing faith in me, and then it's down to me to perform.'

Farke can also take some credit for Norwich's recent upturn in results since a dour pre-Christmas night at home to Brentford.

And while the head coach acknowledged City's plan against Chelsea – matching them up with a 3-4-3 formation – was a special one, Murphy would have no qualms if it came out in the league.

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'I don't see why we couldn't play like this more – we'd give it a good go,' added Murphy.

'With the quality we've got in the team, I think we're able to create clear cut chances. We've got the quality to break down teams – even the top teams – and some of our play against Chelsea showed we are capable of that.

'I do enjoy the cups. I always seem to score in them as well – just not this game.

'But we've held our own against one of the best teams in Europe, so I don't see why we can't do that in the league.

'I think we've found that right balance and everything is clicking well together. It's now about trying to keep that run going and trying to put points on the table.

'Then hopefully we can go to Stamford Bridge and put on another memorable night for Norwich City.'

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