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Double success for McCarthy and Murphy as Irish pair win monthly awards

It’s been a good month for Ipswich.

Murphy with his award.
Murphy with his award.

IRELAND STRIKER DARYL Murphy has been named Championship player of the month for November while his Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy collecting the manger’s award.

Murphy has enjoyed an upturn in fortunes over the last few weeks have struggled to replicate his prolific form of last season in the early stages of this campaign.

The Waterford-born forward ended his 13-game drought with a hat-trick at Rotherham at the start of the month and finished November with six goals to his name.

His own personal form mirrored that of his team as the Tractor Boys picked up 10 points from a possible 12.

It was Murphy’s first career treble while he also found the back of the net with headers against Wolves and Charlton.

“He had to wait a while for the goals to come this season,” McCarthy said of his striker.

“He wasn’t doing anything different to last year, it just wasn’t happening for him. There were signs it was all coming back though and he certainly had a great November.

“Six goals for us and he played his part in Ireland getting to the European Championships.

“Hopefully he will have the Finals to look forward to next summer, what an incentive that is for him.”

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McCarthy was also recognised this month as he saw his side climb to ninth in the standings, just a point outside the play-off berths.

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