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HUGHTON PRAISES MURRAY'S DISPLAY

12 August 2016

Albion's manager was delighted the performance from his striker.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says Glenn Murray showed tonight exactly what made him his main attacking target this summer.

Murray made his second home debut, scoring twice, just as he did on his first home start for the club back at Withdean in 2008.

Hughton said, "We hoped we'd get a fresh Glenn, with real enthusiasm towards getting back to playing regular football again.

"He had a tough season last season in regards to the amount of games he played, not difficult in regards to the club he was at, because they’re a super club and have a lot of options.

"It was a really good start for him. He had a great opportunity to get a hat-trick and, arguably, that was his best chance, but he scored two great goals."

Hughton was equally delighted with Tomer Hemed's and Sam Baldock's contributions, as each created a goal for Murray.

He added, "It could have been the other way around. Tomer had a great opportunity from Glenn's cross; it would have been nice to see him get on the score sheet.

"That's why we want the options that we've got up front. We want to be able to change things around, we need them to be working hard for each other.

"Sometimes you need to ride your luck a little bit as well, which we did. For us it doesn't matter who scores, it's about winning the game.

"If we can get goals on top of that one, then it's great for the confidence, but we also know the clean sheet is every bit as important.

"We’re now on the back of two clean sheets and, fortunately for us, three goals tonight."

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The Albion boss also underlined the importance of Anthony Knockaert's contribution. He gave a man-of-the-match display, and opened the scoring with a fine strike.

"In the second half I thought we were very good, but we rode our luck in that first 20 to 25 minutes. They played a system that we found difficult to cope with.

"We didn't start with the tempo that we generally do at home, but in that period of time we had to make sure we didn't concede and keep a clean sheet so we had something to build on.

"That's exactly what we did and the first goal came at a good time. Anthony realised we weren't at our best and it ended up being an important goal.

"He's a very animated, emotional player and he's done so well for us.

"He's played such a big part in what we've done, certainly in that second half of last season, and you can see what he can do on a good day."

Finally, Hughton says Albion will assess the injury to goalkeeper David Stockdale over the weekend, and hopes to be in position to provide an update on Monday.

"We don’t know at the moment David will be assessed, but he'll be very sore whatever the outcome is."


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