SKIPPER Adam Murray turned in a captain’s performance as, out of position behind the lone striker, he scored, twice and created the winner in today’s thrilling 3-2 win over Gateshead
“Apart from the two goals I don’t think I did anything else today I don’t normally do, “ he said modestly.
“I will always work my socks off. I was asked to do a job and will always give 100 per cent whatever position I am played in. It is a role that suits me as my game is getting on the ball and creating things.
“We were gutted to be 2-0 down as we felt we’d dominated most of the play but gave away stupid goals.
“We had let ourselves down again and that’s why we are where we are in the table.
“But we are a team who never say die and, even though the situations are usually of our own making, we have the spirit in this team to come back and get something out of it.”
Murray’s afternoon might have unfolded in a very different way after he flicked a leg out at a layer who had grabbed his leg but escaped with just a warning.
He said: “The lad grabbed my leg in mid-air which the referee said was a foul. But he then gave the foul to them for my reaction.
“I know we have a big game coming up but the type of player I am means I will always wear my heart on my sleeve.”
Murray led the fightback almost single-handedly with an inspirational display and said: “As captain if the lads see you head go down you have got no hope.
“I know we were booed off at half-time. But when we got the first goal you could feel the whole place lift. It had a massive effect on the players.
“Once we got the second, to be honest, I knew we would get the third.”
Murray is certainly in no mood for a rest before the FA Trophy final on 7th May.
“The gaffer asked me if I felt like a rest but to be honest I am now feeling as fit as I have in a long time,” he said.
“People forget I was out injured for a year and it’s taken a long time to get back my energy levels. The last thing I wanted today was a rest.
“It has been a frustrating season – one of the most up and down seasons I have ever known. Yet it is going to end at Wembley! It’s been a crazy season.
“It is massively important and what this town and football club have been crying out for. They deserve some success.”
And Murray insisted that he and the rest of the players would not be easing up at Bath next weekend for fear of injury.
“I would be lying if I said we were not thinking about Wembley. It is a massive game,” he said.
“But before that we have got to go to Bath and do a job. No one will be taking it easy. I can’t speak for anyone else but I will be doing my bit to get it across that that can’t happen as professionals.
“You see how a player like Kevin Sandwith with Wembley so close got injured. But it’s part of football and we are professional footballers.”