‘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 C

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

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.

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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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