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‘It was definitely my best one’ – Superb strike is Murphy’s best yet for City

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

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

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Josh Murphy thinks his Villa thunderbolt was his best effort yet for Norwich City, after a sublime goal-of-the-season contender breathed fresh life around Carrow Road.

Murphy was the star man as Daniel Farke’s team beat Aston Villa 3-1 to bounce back from successive defeats and reignite hopes of a brighter conclusion to a disappointing campaign.

“It was probably the best,” the 23-year-old winger said. “It was a weird one because it was right at the end of the half and to put us 1-0 up was a great feeling. We battled well out there and it was just about trying to get that first goal.

“That was some way to get the first goal so I was buzzing and I think the whole team was.”

The 25-yard super-strike took Murphy’s goal tally for the season to 10, six of which have come in the league, and 19 in 103 matches overall for the academy product.

Among those were a debut bullet at Watford back in 2013, a similar effort after cutting in from the right wing at Everton last season and a fine solo finish at Arsenal earlier in the current campaign – all of which came away from home in the League Cup.

So finding the top-left corner in front of the Barclay felt that little bit sweeter for Murphy.

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“It felt good. I did it at Everton last season and I’ve tried it a few times this season but the goalie has pulled off a good save or it’s ended up in row Z or something like that,” he added.

“So for it to go in the net and put us 1-0 up, it was just a great relief. It was definitely my best one.”

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