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MURPHY PLEASED WITH FIERCE COMPETITION

3 December 2016

Albion's winger highlighted the team's quality in the wide areas.


Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Jamie Murphy is pleased with the fierce competition for places on the flanks this season, and believes any one of the club’s wingers can provide a match-winning threat.

Kazenga LuaLua and Solly March are back in contention for the Seagulls after returning from injury, and Murphy praised the club’s wealth of attacking options in wide areas, which also includes Anthony Knockaert and Jiri Skalak.

He said, “Any team wants players that can help win games, and that’s what all five of us can do. You can put any of us out there and we’re capable of winning a game for the team.

“We all train well and work as hard as we possibly can, and then the manager decides who’s playing, sometimes depending on who we’re up against.

“But it doesn’t matter if it’s Solly [March], Kaz [Kazenga LuaLua] or anybody else, we all want the same thing, and we’re here to help the team win."

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The Scotsman spoke about the positive atmosphere created among his team-mates, and highlighted the importance of maintaining the right attitude off the pitch.

“It’s always good in the changing room [confidence levels], whether we’re winning or losing. But we’re on a good run at the minute and that’s exactly what you want as a football team.

“It’s a great squad that the staff have put together, there are some good boys in that changing room; people that have been here a while and also new signings that have come in.

“Everyone gets on well and that’s a massive part of it. The morale in the changing room and around the place is just as important as the work we do on the training pitch."

Murphy believes Albion have learned from their 4-1 defeat against Cardiff City last season, and understands the importance of performing well away from home.

“Away games in this league are always tough, and I think that result showed us, that if you’re off form, things like that can happen.

“They were the much better team when we played them there last season, and fully deserved to beat us by that scoreline.

“But since then, we’ve worked on certain aspects and done things differently, and that’s why we’ve only lost two away games since.”

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V LEEDS UNITED

FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


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TUESDAY 27TH DECEMBER, KICK-OFF 12.30PM



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