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Special day, says Murphy

6 January 2014

Jamie Murphy described Saturday's FA Cup success at Aston Villa as 'one of the best moments of my career'.

Looking back on the 2-1 victory over Paul Lambert's top-flight side, Murphy remarked: "To come to Villa Park, play, score and beat a Premiership team is something pretty special. Saturday was certainly one of the best moments of my career.

"The performance, both individually and collectively, couldn't have gone any better and we thoroughly deserved to progress to the next round."

Nigel Clough signalled the Blades' positive intent by naming two wingers and the boldness certainly paid dividends, much to the delight of United's excellent travelling support, which was in excess of 5,500.

Murphy continued: "The Gaffer emphasised throughout last week that we needed to be positive from the first minute to the last and our fantastic away following spurred us on.

"We owe a massive thanks to them because to a man they never stopped singing."

Of his goal, the Scotsman concluded: "The manager and Andy (Garner) are always quick to encourage me to put defenders on the back foot and get them defending in their own area.

"I got a sight of goal after cutting inside and I just made sure the shot was on target. The deflection certainly helped but my effort would have forced the goalkeeper to make a save at the very least.

"That goal was a great start for us, but it was no less than we deserved. We defended well, kept possession and maintained our shape throughout.

"The biggest compliment for us was that despite all the speculation, Villa named a strong side, including Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann."

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