Albion's top scorer isn't fazed by moving into first position.
Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray admits he has taken little notice of the club moving to the top of the Sky Bet Championship and says their current position holds little significance.
The Seagulls moved top of the Sky Bet Championship with Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers, but Murray played down the importance of reaching the league summit at the halfway point of the season.
He said, “I doesn’t mean anything to us, going ahead of Newcastle; the league at this stage of the season doesn’t mean anything, it’s where you are come May.
“We’ve got to try and take ourselves away from our league position as much as possible and focus on collecting as many points as possible week by week.
“We’re just going about our business and not looking outwards, we just concentrate on ourselves and the opposition we face.
“Obviously Newcastle are going to make the headlines; they’re the big spenders in the league and the biggest club in the league, so I’m sure they will come close to going up.”
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Albion’s top goalscorer believes that manager Chris Hughton has set a perfect example in ensuring the players stay grounded in their push for promotion.
“I think all managers are very different. but the gaffer [Chris Hughton] certainly keeps everyone’s feet on the ground.
“That showed the other week at Birmingham when we scored a last-minute winner, I think he was the only one not to smile!
“But if he doesn’t keep it together, who does? He’s very professional, straight down the line and he’s getting us results at the minute.
“Most of the time he’s very much as you see him, but if we need to be told and need geeing-up, he will tell us straight and it’s working really well.”
The 33-year-old has formed a fruitful partnership alongside Sam Baldock this season, and with Albion’s number nine on six league goals this campaign, Murray backed his team-mate to continue finding the net.
“I always remember Sam [Baldock] scoring a lot of goals. He came to Brighton and unfortunately it didn’t seem to work out that way for him initially.
“I think he spent a lot of time out on the wing, but the one thing about Sam is that he’ll give 100 per cent whether he’s upfront or on the wing.
“I know that he wants to play upfront and score goals. There’s a point to prove for everybody; the minute you stop trying to prove people wrong, the game’s up.
“I’m sure Sam wants to prove people wrong, and continue to score as many goals as possible.”
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