Norwich City’s on-loan midfielder Jacob Murphy targeting more goals for Coventry City

Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy is on loan at Coventry City. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire.

Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy is on loan at Coventry City. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norwich City's on-loan midfielder Jacob Murphy is gearing up for a crucial test of Coventry City's League One promotion credentials.

Murphy grabbed a brace in the latest 5-0 romp at Crewe on Saturday that kept Tony Mowbray's squad four points behind leaders Burton in the promotion race, but with upcoming games against the Brewers and third-placed Walsall, the 20-year-old knows what is at stake.

Murphy revealed he had set himself a 15-goal tally by the end of his season-long loan stint, after moving onto nine for the campaign at Crewe.

'We know now that there are two big games coming up for us and they would be great games to pick up points and that has to be the aim,' he said.

'I'm really happy with the goals I scored (at Crewe) and I reckon I could have got a hat-trick as well. I took them well and it's important for me to get on the scoresheet.

'I set myself a goal target of 15 goals for the season and I'm making really good progress with it. With 20-odd games left, I should be reaching that target.'

Murphy was eclipsed in the scoring stakes by Newcastle's teenage hitman Adam Armstrong, who plundered his first professional hat-trick.

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'When you've got Adam Armstrong leading the line like that, it's frightening for the opposition and he really punished them which was great to see,' said Murphy, speaking to Coventry's official website.

'It was a pleasure to play with Joe Cole and James Maddison.

'They're both really intelligent footballers and they really helped us find the positions in the forward areas.'

Murphy and Armstrong will be able to continue their productive link-up, after Newcastle boss Steve McClaren agreed to let the striker remain with the Sky Blues for the remainder of the season.