Alan Dowson has told fans to forget Keiran Murphy’s clean cut image – because he is as tough as they come.
The former Carshalton Athletic defender starred in his side’s 3-0 Geoff Harvey Memorial Vase win over Dulwich Hamlet at Corinthian Casuals’ King George’s Field home on Saturday.
Murphy will vye with Tommy Hutchinson and Gary MacDonald for a place in the Ks back four and the Kingsmeadow chief has warned he will push them all the way.
“He might talk proper and not have hair out of place when he finishes a game, but he is a very strong player,” said Dowson.
“We’ll have to rough him up a bit, but once he’s had a few knocks he’ll be ready to push the others.
“What a trio of defenders to have.”
Midfielder Matt Pattison bagged a brace in Saturday’s win and Dowson insisted he can recapture the form that made him a favourite at Walton & Hersham.
“Matt Pattison is like Dean Lodge in that he has come back fit and is committed to giving it a good go,” said Dowson.
“He is a different player. When Matt is good he is very good.”