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MURRAY COMFORTABLE WITH ADDED PRESSURE

20 August 2016

Albion's striker is confident the team can deal with raised expectations.


Glenn Murray believes Brighton & Hove Albion can cope with the added scrutiny that comes with mounting another promotion challenge this season.

Albion hit the top of the Championship table following Tuesday's win against Rotherham and the striker believes the side are enjoying being in the spotlight.

He said, “We’ll be respected by other teams, but I don’t think we’re a team like Derby, who have been up there year after year - it’s still relatively new to us.
 
“I don’t think it will be a negative at all and we can handle the pressure."

Murray made it three goals from three league games with a fine strike against the Millers, but he hasn't set a specific target for the season.
 
“I’ll be trying hard week-in week-out to get as many goals as possible and whether I get 15, 20, 25 or 30, whatever it may be, I’ll be doing my best to get as many as I can.
 
“The wingers and just our general wing play helps, even Bongy [Gaetan Bong] and Liam [Rosenior] overlap and Bruno too; he’s excellent at doing this when he plays at right-back. Our attacking prowess is good.”

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Murray enjoyed a successful loan spell at Saturday’s opponents Reading in 2014/15, with eight goals in 18 appearances, but he dismissed suggestions that the Royals’ heavy defeat to Newcastle in midweek will aid Albion’s chances of a result.
 
“It was a good experience; I felt that it was a good option for me to go out and prove that I can score goals at that level at that time in my career. Thankfully I did that and Reading helped me.
 
“I don’t think the heavy defeat will be an issue at all, other than they’ll be even more desperate for some points.
 
“But obviously the travel comes into mind. They played a day later than us and it was a long journey too, so hopefully that will benefit us in some way.”


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