Murdoch hope to keep Town’s good run going

Stewart Murdoch and Hartlepool's Jack Crompton battle for the ball.
Stewart Murdoch and Hartlepool's Jack Crompton battle for the ball.
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Fleetwood midfielder Stewart Murdoch is ready for a career first when Town play two games in the space of three days – but the Scot believes there’s never been a better time for such a busy schedule.

Town made it three wins from three in 2014 with victory over Hartlepool United at the weekend.

They follow it up with a trip to Burton Albion on Saturday before travelling to Glanford Park to face leaders Scunthorpe in a Monday night showdown live on Sky.

But Murdoch is ready for the challenge.

The 23-year-old said: “”It’s Saturday, Monday – it’ll be the first time I’ve done that.

“You’re looking at taking maximum points because if you can do that you can really jump up.

“It’s two big games but we’re going in with good form and hungry players.

“In our minds it’s onwards and upwards.”

After a disappointing Christmas, Town’s New Year surge has pushed them right back into contention for automatic promotion and a win at Burton on Saturday could leave them battling the Iron for top spot.

And former Falkirk midfielder Murdoch is desperate to keep the run going.

He told The Gazette: “We said that in the second half of the season we had to start picking up wins. We look really solid as well.

“We’ve played the last two without losing a goal. Hopefully we can continue this form.”

Murdoch is on his own personal mission to keep the spot in the side afforded to him by an injury to Antoni Sarcevic on Saturday.

Town’s midfield powerhouse missed out, having failed to shake off a niggling injury sustained at Dagenham.

But he’s likely to be fit again, leaving Graham Alexander to choose between Murdoch and Alex Marrow to play the third central role, with the injured Jeff Hughes almost certainly ruled out.

Murdoch is happy to give Alexander options.

He said: “When I get in the team I aim to give the manager questions.

“It’s like this every week – everyone fighting for position.

“We’ll just have to see what he comes up with.”

The midfielder admits it was a welcome change to start against Pools but he made it clear the team’s results are far more important than his own game-time.

He added: “The main thing was to get three points from the game.

“I don’t mind what part I play in that, whether I’m in the starting line-up or on the bench.

“It’s always just about those three points but I’m delighted to get my chance.

“I’ve been working hard behind the scenes.

“I got a good 90 minutes in for the reserves at Carlisle and I’ve found my way in.”

However, Murdoch insists Graham Alexander’s new system, with three men in central midfield, suits his style of play.

“There are more central midfielders and that allows me to go much more forward and join in the attacking play,” he said.

“That’s great but I’m just happy to be in the team. I’ll play anywhere.

“The new role does suit me, though. I like to carry the ball, and if I get that space I can drive on. I enjoy that.”