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'Didn't go his favourite side' - Murphy

2 January 2014

Joe Murphy was delighted to be the hero after his stoppage time penalty save helped seal the win over Rotherham United....

Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy was delighted to see his stoppage time penalty save guarantee the win over Rotherham United. 

Joe Skarz put the home side ahead in the 34th minute with a deflected effort but the Sky Blues came out strong in the second half.

The game turned when Callum Wilson raced through on goal and Millers captain Craig Morgan fouled the City striker which saw him receive a straight red card and Carl Baker dispatched the resulting penalty.

The Irish keeper was the hero in stoppage time when he produced a fantastic save to deny Michael O'Connor from the spot before Baker sealed the win in the final moments. 

Murphy was delighted to help seal the points for City and hopes the side gain confidence from the result. 

The City keeper said: "We weren't at it at all in the first half. We knew we had to come here and battle for a result and we weren't good enough. 

"I made a few good saves during the first half but I thought we really came out in the second half. The game changed on the sending off but it can often be difficult to take advantage of ten men so I was really proud of the lads for doing that.

"I think we were the better team in the second half and deserved to win it in the end. We took advantage of the situation and it is a great three points.

"Delighted with the penalty save. I know Michael O'Connor from our days at Scunthorpe and we used to have penalty competitions. His favourite side is the other side so I thought he would go the other way and luckily for me, he did."

City are now just six points off the play-offs having suffered just one defeat in eight games. 

The Sky Blues travel to Oakwell on Saturday for their FA Cup third round clash against Barnsley and Murphy believes City have a real chance.

He added: "We've won three games in seven or eight days so you have to be happy with that. We have had a strong Christmas period with just the one defeat and maybe could have turned some of those draws into wins.

"It will be a nice change to play some Championship opposition and test ourselves against them. They are struggling at the bottom of the table at the moment so maybe it is a good time to play them.

"We have to believe we can win. Plenty of confidence will be taken out of the last few games and if we do our jobs, we can get a result."

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