Jacob Murphy reacts after recently striking the woodwork again for Newcastle

Newcastle United winger Jacob Murphy has joked he is ‘sick’ of hitting the woodwork, but is pleased to be getting into goalscoring positions.

The star has been playing really well for the Magpies lately.

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The 27-year-old has now started the last five games for the club, after coming in for Allan Saint-Maximin.

The Frenchman picked up an injury but has now recovered. He also had a bout of illness which ruled him out of the Southampton game.

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Saint-Maximin was back on the bench for the game against Chelsea on Sunday. But Murphy started once more, with Miguel Almiron also featuring.

It will be interesting to see if Eddie Howe sticks with Murphy against Everton, who really has given a solid account of himself over the past few weeks.

One gets the feeling that had Murphy taken a couple of really good chances he’d be a shoo-in to play against the Toffees.

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Murphy struck the post in the game against Brighton, with Ryan Fraser following up to spare his blushes.

That was the third time this season Murphy has hit the woodwork, and the player has admitting it’s frustrating him.

He told NUFC TV: “I don’t even want to talk about it because I’m sick of it! Fourth time lucky, I suppose, hopefully the next one hits the post and goes in.

“It’s annoying, but the only thing I will say is at least I’m getting in the positions and getting the shots off. I’ll get the rub of the green one game soon.”

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Murphy could really be a top player if he was a bit more efficient in the final third.

In the interview with the club, The £12 million signing (BBC Sport) talks about the defensive side of his game and that people know what he brings to the table.

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That is very true. Murphy works his socks off in whatever position he’s put in.

But his attacking output could do with improving, as he himself acknowledges. One goal so far this term isn’t a great return.

He’s in good hands with Howe though, and if he can start to be a bit more clinical then that would be exciting for Newcastle.

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