Appleton on Murphy omission

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton confirmed he omitted Danny Murphy from the matchday squad to face Bolton for tactical reasons.

Last Updated: 12/03/13 at 11:00 Post Comment

Michael Appleton: Left out Danny Murphy

Michael Appleton: Left out Danny Murphy

Former England midfielder Murphy joined Rovers on a two-year deal in the summer and retained the club's captaincy following the managerial departures of Steve Kean and Henning Berg.

But Appleton withdrew the 35-year-old with his team 3-0 down at half-time against Peterborough last weekend and replacement David Jones scored as the match finished 3-2.

Wigan loanee Jones started Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at the Reebok Stadium, where Murphy was not among the 18 on duty.

"It was very tactical," Appleton said. "I just felt that we needed more energy in the middle of the park and David Jones and Jason Lowe proved that for us.

"I knew it was going to be a bit full-blooded and certainly be a bit an end-to-end game, so it was purely tactical."

And Appleton was non-committal over when Murphy can expect a return to the side, although Jones being cup-tied for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final at Millwall may present an opportunity.

"He's obviously a member of the squad," Appleton added. "He's played pretty much the majority of the season. Every game's different.

"We've got a cup tie on Sunday which is obviously different to the one we played at Bolton and then on the back of that we've got two other Lancashire derbies against Burnley and Blackpool.

"He's a member of the squad, he'll be available and if I decided to pick him then obviously I'll go down that route."

Appleton was also pleased to see Leon Best complete his long road to recovery.

"I was delighted for Leon," Appleton said. "He's been chomping at the bit for a while.

"He may have had an opportunity to get involved on Saturday but he had a little bit of swelling (around the knee), that's why we held him back.

"He's got his 10 minutes and Leon - knowing him as well as I do in the short time that I've met him - he'll be banging on my door, I would imagine, over the next few days and wanting to start."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Contract news: Tim Howard has been handed an extension to his Everton contract

Tim Howard will be staying with Everton until at least 2018 after agreeing a two-year extension to his contract.

Neymar and Jordi Alba will miss the bulk of the remainder of the season

Barcelona forward Neymar has been ruled out for up to a month due to a left foot injury.

Transfer news: Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino warns off Luke Shaw suitors

Mauricio Pochettino says in-demand defender Luke Shaw will be staying at Southampton.

Mail Box

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

City: Bottle Jobs, A Laughing Stock...

There are some harsh words for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini in the Mailbox this morning, as well as some rather nicer ones for Tony Pulis and his magic hat...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property