Cobblers midfielder Murdoch hoping first goal in England will spark scoring streak

OFF THE MARK - Stewart Murdoch's goal for the Cobblers last Saturday was his first in English football
OFF THE MARK - Stewart Murdoch's goal for the Cobblers last Saturday was his first in English football

Stewart Murdoch is hoping his first goal in English football can set him off on a scoring run.

It all got a little bit lost in the general depression of last weekend’s 3-2 Sixfields defeat against Plymouth Argyle, but Murdoch scored an absolute screamer.

The Scot was fully 25 yards out when controlled a clearance on his chest, and then volleyed a dipping right-foot shot over Luke McCormick and into the Argyle net.

The stunning strike proved to be little more than a consolation in the end for the Cobblers, but it still meant plenty to Murdoch.

It was the Fleetwood loan man’s first goal since March 1, 2013, when he netted for Falkirk in a 1-1 draw with Raith Rovers, and Murdoch, who turned 24 on Wednesday, is hoping there are a few more where that came from.

“That was my first goal since I have come down from Scotland,” said Murdoch.

“It was a great goal to score, but it was just a bit unfortunate that I didn’t even get to celebrate it because of the circumstances of the game.

“But I am delighted to score, and you see it quite often that somebody will score one, and then it kick-starts a little bit of a run.

“I am delighted to get on the scoresheet, and anything I can do to help the team is good for me.”

Murdoch failed to find the target in his 52 appearances for Fleetwood last term, but in the season before moving south, he did score six times for Falkirk in the second tier of Scottish football, and he feels he is capable of adding regular goals to his game.

“If I could score a few more goals it would be great, because if there’s one thing everybody’s craving for it is a goalscoring midfielder,” said Murdoch.

“So if I can add goals to my game, then it is obviously going to help the team move up the league.”

Murdoch will be hoping to be included in the Cobblers starting line-up for their Sky Bet League Two clash at Carlisle United on Saturday (ko 3pm).

A run of seven defeats in their past nine league games has seen the Cobblers drop uncomfortably close to the wrong end of the table, and a defeat at Brunton Park would see second-from-bottom Carlisle close to within just three points of Chris Wilder’s men.

That is something Murdoch insists cannot be allowed to happen, and he also wants the team to put on a better show than they did against Argyle last weekend.

“It is really important that we go up to Carlisle and not only get a win, but that we put on a better performance than last week as well,” said the Aberdonian.

“We would happily leave Carlisle with three points and a poor performance of course, but we really do need to perform well because last week wasn’t good enough.

“In football, you can afford to maybe have one or two players on an off day, but it seemed like on Saturday that nothing seemed to click.

“It is a hard thing to put your finger on, but it is one of those where it wasn’t down to a lack of effort from the lads.

“It was just that nothing went right on the day.

“In football there is always the opportunity to put that right another day.

“We need to do that, and we need to do it as quickly as possible.”