Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest and many players came away with praise for their performance. Jacob Murphy didn’t, however, as he struggled at wing-back and was eventually hooked in the second half for Moses Odubajo.
Murphy was given extra defensive duties by Garry Monk and did turn over possession on a number of occasions, but his final ball was criticised on Saturday so it’s unlikely he’ll feature in the makeshift role again. Supporters weren’t impressed with the 25-year-old’s showing at Hillsborough.
#SWFC the better side but we could actually do with Murphy being willing to cross the ball early when we have players waiting.
— Kris Voakes (@krisvoakes) June 20, 2020
Chuffed for Wickham worked very hard today. How can the only decent balls put into the box all day have come from our strikers. Luongo, Harris and Murphy awful today #swfc
— BazOwl (@barriestraps) June 20, 2020
Wish we'd sign some decent wingers, Harris and Murphy are toss and havent got an end product between em #swfc
— Ashley (@swfcash91) June 20, 2020
Outside, Harris and Murphy were quick but didn’t provide us with that final piece of quality. Actually though Odubajo was okay at RM, maybe not as good as JM, but I can see him getting more starts in that position. Just needs more of a footballing brain when defending. #swfc
— SWFC Lineups (@SWFCLineups) June 20, 2020
We gave Harris far too much of the ball which he wasted, I genuinely can’t remember Murphy getting the ball in the box which is odd for a winger #Swfc
— Adam Thompson (@adam7485) June 21, 2020
Thought murphy and harris looked poor, especially crossing, other than that I thought the shape worked and was impressed with the triangle of Bannan, luongo and Lee. Strange positive twist was odubajo on for Murphy, looked good on the right. #swfc
— Mark Howe (@howiehowe) June 21, 2020
Against Forest, Murphy played for 67 minutes, made 37 touches, won one aerial duel, created two chances, completed 73.3% of his 15 passes, whipped in seven crosses with 57% accuracy, made four tackles, gave away one foul and won two free-kicks.
Since joining Wednesday on a season-long loan from Newcastle United last summer, Murphy has gone on to make 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals and making two assists.
The 25-year-old got off to a slow start with the Owls, contributing only one goal in the first three months, but he was in better form prior to the season being postponed due to Covid-19 – three goals, one assist in January and February.