Practice makes perfect for Jacob

Blackpool's Jacob Murphy celebrates scoring the opening goal with team-mate Jamie O'Hara
Blackpool's Jacob Murphy celebrates scoring the opening goal with team-mate Jamie O'Hara
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Jacob Murphy’s sensational free-kick on his Bloomfield Road debut was no surprise to the on-loan teenager – he’d been practising them all week.

The winger’s 75th-minute curler looked to have given Lee Clark his first win as Pool manager only for Lee Chung-Yong to secure a draw for Bolton with just seven minutes remaining.

The Norwich 19-year-old was Clark’s first loan signing for Pool and has netted twice in his three appearances.

And Murphy revealed Saturday’s strike was the result of plenty of practice.

“Jamie O’Hara, Chris Eagles and myself had been taking free-kicks all week but I had been poor,” he admitted.

“But when it was awarded, Jamie decided I should take it and I was delighted to see it go in. I saw it nipping inside of the post, so I was already off celebrating. It was a great moment.”

Murphy was lively all afternoon in a much-improved team Pool performance. He is not due back at Carrow Road until February and he has set himself a major target before then.

“When I leave eventually I want this club to be out of the relegation zone,” he said.

“I’m here to work for Blackpool and to help keep us in the Championship. It’s all about kicking on now and getting some points.

“I think this squad has more than enough to stay up. There’s a lot of talent here.

“The gaffer is putting so much in and you can see his efforts are paying off.”

Murphy was named sponsors’ man of the match and wouldn’t let Bolton’s equaliser spoil his day.

“It was two points dropped but we are quite excited that this can be the start of a run for us,” he said.

“We didn’t hold on but there are no negative thoughts. We have to build on this now. The fans were amazing all game.

“We are itching to get that win for the manager and you can see we are getting closer.”