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Murphy pleased with progress

11 July 2013

Fresh from completing 90 minutes at Stark's Park on Wednesday night, Jamie Murphy says United's pre-season preparations are progressing nicely under new boss David Weir.


The Blades now head home for three friendlies against League Two opposition, having won twice and drawn once during the three-game tour to Murphy's homeland.


The former Motherwell winger scored for the second time in as many visits to Raith's Fife home in the Blades 2-1 success, but he says the 10-day stay up north was much more than the results on the pitch.


Speaking after the game, Murphy commented: "Playing 90 minutes relatively early in pre-season is tough, but I thoroughly enjoyed the game and getting on the scoresheet was a bit of a bonus.


"I have enjoyed a lot of the ball throughout the three games and that is down to how the Gaffer wants us to play.


"He wants us to play on the front foot and keep possession, so that means you have to press hard to win the ball back early.


"This is a good ground for me; I scored against Raith in pre-season for Motherwell last summer.


"The last week or so has seen the lads work closely with Adam (Owen) and Lee (Carsley), although the work has intensified because of the extremely warm weather.


"Our training base was close to home, so personally it was nice to visit my parents, whilst some of my family and friends managed to get to the games."


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