Date:Wednesday January 25 2006
Matt Murray came through last nights reserves fixture unscathed, and was thankful to Liverpool for providing him with a fairly lively return. After being sidelined for over a year, he certainly picked a good fixture to come back in.
The Reds had been expected to not field any stars, but their starting line up was peppered with names usually seen only in The Premiership
'Liverpool put out a strong team - once we saw the teamsheet we knew we'd be in for a tough game but the lads worked hard. They defended well but sadly we lost the game, although I'll admit it was a great strike from Dietmar Hamann, which just caught me out.” he told the clubs official site.
Liverpool's goal is one he might like to forget. Didi Hamann scored a direct free-kick from inside the centre circle. His own half of it to be precise
But Matt is aware that Hamann is a classy dead ball specialist, and realises that there is a positive to take from the situation. He continued
'He is a great player and he caught me off my line because I was organising the defence for the free-kick - next thing I know, a ball is on its way. I didn't think the ball was in play, but it's something I can learn from as I want to be playing against quality players like that every week.”
Liverpool's selection of a number of first team players meant Matt had a busier night than he night have expected. But it was just the kind of game that he needed as he bids to regain the number one spot between the goalposts.
"It was a game where I was tested quite a lot. I had a few saves to make, I had to take a few crosses and I had a couple of kicks as well. All in all it was a decent night's work.” he said
Fans shouldn't get too carried away yet though. It will be a while before he's back in first team contention. And there is the small matter of Stefan Postma's current good form to be negotiated as well.
"I am looking forward to playing some more matches with the reserves. There is a lot of competition for the goalkeeping spot here, Stefan has got the shirt at the minute and there are a lot of keepers as well who want to challenge him, so I know I have to keep working hard, stay fit and making sure I will be ready if I am called upon.'
But it was getting the ninety minutes out of the way without any problems that was the important thing. And now that's been achieved he can look forward to kick starting his career
"It was nice to get a game under my belt,' says Matt. 'I think the last time I had played was against West Ham at home on January 15th last year, so I had been desperate to get out there again. To get through it injury-free was a good feeling.”
And a good feeling for the Molineux faithful Matt. Welcome back to the pack
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