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MURRAY'S TOP-FLIGHT REALISM

16 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray in action against Manchester City.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray believes his team-mates must get used to the quality of opposition in the Premier League, and is focused on the positives heading into Saturday’s game against Leicester City.

The Seagulls lost their opening game of the season against Manchester City last weekend, and ahead of their trip to the King Power Stadium, Murray remains realistic about the challenge facing his team this season.

He said, “Obviously we lost a game against a very good team. It’s something we’ve not got to accept but at the same time, to a certain extent, we need to get used to it - being in this division now.

“The club isn't used to not winning games over the last two seasons, so it’s something that we’ve got to accept but we can’t allow it to get us down.

“We held them for 70 minutes and there are a lot of positives to be taken from that. We’ll sit down, watch a video and start building towards Leicester.”

The visit of Pep Guardiola’s team attracted the biggest TV audience ever to watch an Albion game, and Murray commented on the increased media coverage this season, which he believes is an exciting addition.

“As soon as you get promoted into the Premier League, there’s a lot more media onus on the boys, but that’s all part and parcel of the game and it’s good to have that buzz around the place.

“Every single game is a test in the Premier League, but we’ll prepare for each one individually and do our best.

“Every game we’ll go out and try to take points from, but obviously with the teams that are possibly going to be close to us, we’ve got to try and take points off them.

“We put pressure on ourselves. We want to stay in the league and want to win every week. We’re all raring to go for this weekend.”

The striker was speaking at an open training session held at the Amex on Tuesday morning, and he was pleased to provide the club’s supporters with a rare opportunity to watch Chris Hughton’s team train.

“It was good to open the gates, let the fans come in on a Tuesday morning and allow them to see what we do. It’s obviously not as glamorous as Saturday afternoons, but nevertheless, it was an insight into what we do, day-in day-out.

“We showed them how we work to get prepared for games and I’m sure some of them would have been surprised at what we did.”


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