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'We've had a fantastic month' - Murphy

24 October 2013

Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy has been impressed by the work-rate the City side have shown this season...

Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy has been staggered at the 'incredible work-rate' his teammates have shown during the 2013/14 season.

The Irish keeper has been in fine form this season having saved David Mooney's penalty in the second-half as City went on to win 3-1 against Leyton Orient on Tuesday. 

Having ended Orient's 12-game unbeaten run in League One, City are now placed in 14th position despite a 10-point deduction at the start of the season. 

Steven Pressley's side travel the short distance to the Bescot Stadium on Saturday to face Walsall and Murphy is wary of the threat the Saddlers possess.

Murphy said: "Looking over the season, you always looked at October as a difficult month with us having to play Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield United and Leyton Orient.

"To stay unbeaten this month and pick up three wins is the right reward for the boys because they just work so hard. I would love to see the kilometres everyone has put in this season as I suspect it is very high.

"It would be nice to go on a run now as get a few other good results under our belts and keep up the momentum. Walsall turned us over big time last year which was a really poor day for the football club.

"They have lost one or two of the players have had last season but they always seem to find quality to replace players and they are doing well again this season.

"I've been to Walsall on loan a couple of times and it is a really good club who always look to play the right football. It is going to be another tough test for us but hopefully the fans can get behind us like they did at Wolves."

The Sky Blues are currently the second-highest scorers in the division and without the 10-point deduction, the side would currently be placed in 4th position in the table.

With City fans currently talking of a possible play-off push, Murphy is eager to keep his feet firmly on the ground.

He added: "When we got the deduction the day before the Crawley game and saw the depth of the squad coming into the season, I thought it was tough.

"We have plenty of talent in the side but it is a long season. Injuries and suspensions will play a part so that is why we have to be cautious when talking about promotion.

"We keep to keep our feet on the ground. We know we have got a good team but it is going to be really tough to get in and around it.

"We can do it, but we need to be realistic and take each game as it comes." 

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