Jamie Devitt: We’ll all rally round and support Peter Murphy

Jamie Devitt.
Jamie Devitt.

Jamie Devitt says the Morecambe players will rally round their stricken captain Peter Murphy.

The Shrimps skipper is facing another lengthy injury lay-off after injuring cruciate knee ligaments at Wycombe on Saturday.

Devitt, who scored from the penalty spot in the 2-0 win at Adams Park, believes the excellent team spirit at the Globe Arena will come to the fore however.

He said: “It’s probably the worst thing you’d wish on anybody.

“It’s a bad injury but we’ll be right behind him and trying to keep his spirits high but it’s obviously disappointing for him.

“As a team we’re very good at helping people through things like that.

“I don’t think there’s anybody in the group that doesn’t get on with anybody in the team.

“I think everyone will get around Peter and he’ll work hard and come back stronger.

“We’ll be on Peter’s side the whole way.”

The Shrimps certainly stuck together after Murphy’s injury on Saturday with second-half goals from Devitt and Shaun Miller helping them to end Wycombe’s three-game winning streak and move up to 13th in League 2.

The Irishman said: “We have been open at times but we had a game plan to press them high and try and get mistakes at the back.

“When we did have to clear it we cleared into good areas where me, Shaun, Tom (Barkhuizen) and Kev (Ellison) had a chance to put them under pressure and maybe get a throw-in or a mistake high up the pitch.

“I think that’s where we were very good in pressing them high and maybe we did the dirty things better than we have been doing.

“It’s brilliant going away to Wycombe and winning 2-0.”

Devitt’s goal came from the spot, the midfielder having to score past right back turned goalkeeper Jason McCarthy after the Southampton loanee had to don the gloves with Chairboys boss Gareth Ainsworth having made all three substitutes.

The midfielder said: “It didn’t help that Kev was in my ear putting more and more pressure on me!

“I missed my last penalty against Cheltenham and it’s been eating at me a little bit so I wanted to get on it.

“I did and it’s gone in the back of the net which is the main thing whether it’s a right back in goal or Peter Schmeichel once it’s in the back of the net I couldn’t care less to be honest.”

The win gives The Shrimps plenty to build with Devitt admitting it would be nice to have a game on Saturday rather than having to wait until Exeter visit the Globe Arena on Tuesday, January 12.

He said: “We’ve have been unlucky.

“We’ve not been anywhere and taken a drubbing.

“It’s been close games and maybe little decisions haven’t gone our way but I thought we fully deserved the win on Saturday.

“Everyone worked their socks off and let’s hope 2016 can be a successful one and move us up to where we want to be.

“It’s a bit frustrating we’ve got to wait 10 days but we’ve got two home games now and hopefully we can pick up maximum points from them.”