New keeper nearly left in a jam

Brian Murphy nearly didn't make his Pompey debut due to traffic problems Picture: Joe Pepler
Brian Murphy nearly didn't make his Pompey debut due to traffic problems Picture: Joe Pepler

Brian Murphy revealed how his Pompey debut turned into a race against time.

The new keeper started in place of Paul Jones against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday – just an hour after being officially announced as a new Blues signing.

Murphy kept a clean sheet in a quiet bow for Paul Cook’s side, as he was largely untested in the 3-0 win.

But it was a chaotic start to his day as he was caught in traffic chaos as he made his way to Fratton Park from his London home.

The 32-year-old admitted he was fearing the worst as he battled his way down the city.

Murphy said: ‘I’m living in London because I was at QPR.

I thought this is going to be some way to start!

Brian Murphy

‘I’ve told the gaffer I will look to move closer over the next few weeks.

‘I left on Saturday at 10.15am.

‘But I didn’t get down to the ground until quite late.

‘There were crashes everywhere!

‘I thought this is going to be some way to start!

‘The A3 and the M25 weren’t moving, but luckily I just got here for the team to be named!

‘I’ll be coming down the night before in future!’

Murphy has agreed a deal until January after training at Pompey through periods of pre-season.

The Irishman explained the uncertainty of waiting to sign made things difficult for him, so he’s pleased he is now afforded some stability.

‘It’s been a busy period,’ admitted Murphy.

‘When you haven’t agreed anything with a club it can drag on and you are looking for places to train.

‘I came here three weeks ago and had a few days. Then I left for a few days and came back again.

‘The gaffer was telling me I could come here, but it didn’t develop until Wednesday evening. I’m here now, though.’

Murphy knows there is the weight of expectancy on his team this season, with promotion the stated ambition from all around Fratton Park.

He felt it may be a difficult afternoon for Pompey as they knocked the door against Dagenham & Redbridge without making the breakthrough in the first half.

Cook told his players there was sloppiness in their play towards the end of the first half, but Murphy felt the attacking quality in his new side made the difference.

‘There was a lot of pressure. People expect promotion. We have to go out with that attitude,’ he said.

‘Maybe people thought it was going to be one of those days after the first half.

‘We got a bit sloppy at the end of the first half but the boys going forward looked very good and got their reward in the end.’

– JORDAN CROSS