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Murphy sets sights on new goal target after sublime strike inspires Canaries to victory over Villa

Josh Murphy celebrates his brilliant goal against Villa with James Maddison. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Josh Murphy celebrates his brilliant goal against Villa with James Maddison. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Josh Murphy may have met one target for the season but the Norwich City winger is not yet satisfied with his goal return.

The 23-year-old’s fantastic finish during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Villa took his tally to 10 goals in all competitions, matching the efforts of twin brother Jacob for City last season.

However, nine of Jacob’s came in the Championship so Josh is hungry for more.

“I set myself a target and I wanted to get 10 goals,” he explained. “Six of them have come in the league so I want to get another four more league goals.

“There are five more league games so it’s do-able, it’s just about going out there and trying to replicate the performance of today.”

Murphy was City’s star man against Villa, with his good play on the left wing allowing Harrison Reed to set up Dennis Srbeny for the second goal, before teeing up James Maddison for the third himself.

There were still a fair few grumbles in the first half at Carrow Road though, as the academy product’s efforts went awry, before he curled home one of the best goals of the season just before half-time.

“It’s one of them where everybody is going to get it in football, the goalies, the centre-halves, and as a winger you are going to get it more often than not,” he said of the moans.

“It’s just going out there and, because I know what I’m capable of doing, and if something doesn’t come off then ‘oh well, go again’.

“I think that’s what I showed, that I can keep going and I think the fans were happy with the goal I scored.”

As well as having a hand in Srbeny’s first Canaries goal, Murphy also put in a fine cross from the left that the big German was inches from turning home midway through the second half, and the City star was pleased to see the January arrival on the score-sheet.

“I think always the first goal for a new club is the one that you want to get out of the way and Dennis the last couple of games has been awesome,” he added. “He really deserved it, he led the line well, he brings us all into the game quite well and he deserved that goal.”

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