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Jamie's progress noted

5 December 2013

Nigel Clough has revealed that Jamie Murphy is very much of his first-team plans, having impressed as a substitute lately.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's FA Cup clash with Cambridge United, Clough says establishing a settled team is crucial for continuity, but hinted a start for the former Motherwell winger might be just round the corner.

The Gaffer remarked: "We are trying to get a settled core of the team in place and those currently in the team are now in possession of the shirts. We are still looking at one or two on the outside that though.

"Jamie (Murphy) is one who has impressed us recently, both in training and when coming off the bench. He has also done well for the U21s, so he is very much in our thoughts now.

"Jamie was quiet in the first week or so when we arrived, but he did well against Walsall and he showed positive intent at Orient. His biggest attribute is his ability to run at defenders and put them on the back foot."

Clough also admitted installing some confidence and faith into the players has taken time in recent weeks.

The manager concluded: "The lads were a bit shell-shocked when we arrived and that is to be expected after a testing first two or three months to a season.

"Being at the wrong end of the table has a negative effect within the dressing room and we are slowly trying to build that belief back up, thankfully it seems to be becoming more evident of late."

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