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MURPHY'S PRAISE FOR STEPHENS STRIKE

23 October 2016

Albion's winger admired the quality in his team-mate's winning goal.


Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Jamie Murphy praised team-mate Dale Stephens for his superb strike, and highlighted the importance of spreading goals around the team.

The Scot came off the bench in the second half at the same time as Stephens, whose wonderful effort was enough to secure a 1-0 victory over Wigan yesterday.

He said, “You always want to get on the park; it doesn’t matter if you’re winning, drawing or losing, you just want to make an impact.

“Dale came on and scored a great goal, so happy days.

“It’s a great goal and it’s underestimated how hard it is to hit a ball when it’s bouncing like that. To put it in the top corner is a great strike.

“The more people that can score, the better. We’ve got Sam [Baldock], Tomer [Hemed] and Glenn [Murray] upfront who can always score goals, so if I can get a goal from midfield then that’s even better.”

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Murphy admitted that Albion played below their usual high standards and insists he is not frustrated by drifting in and out of the starting line-up.

“Some games are going to be like that, they did well to stop us in the first half. Sometimes that’s what you can put it down to, the other team doing well against you, so we’ll take the three points and go back to Brighton.

“You want to play, everyone does and you’ve just got to do your best when you’re on the park, and then look forward to the next game.

“We train every day and the manager knows what we can do. Sometimes the games require certain attributes that some players have and others don’t.

“The manager is the one that picks the team and all you can do is play the best you can.”

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