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MURRAY'S REALISTIC APPROACH

3 July 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray is heading into the new Premier League season with a sense of realism, and says that it will not always be possible to play the free-flowing style of football often seen in the last two seasons.

The experienced frontman recognises the big step-up to the top flight, and admits that the team may have to take more of a defensive approach at times.

He said, "As a newly promoted Premier League club I think it's important to protect what you have got at the start of the game, which is a point.

"It's a popular way to play at the moment, 4-5-1, and the number ten, whoever that may be, can help the striker but also drop in and make a five in midfield, which gives us more chance of gaining control of the game."

Murray was the Seagulls' leading scorer last season, but he's not taking his position for granted as we head towards the new campaign.
 
He added: "The club is obviously bigger than I am and it's about Brighton staying in the Premier League, whether I start games or I'm on the bench.
 
"First and foremost we have got to look at the group and stay in the Premier League, whoever scores goals and whoever performs week in, week out.
 
"The big one is if the service is there, if the chances are created for you. I believe I can score goals and I am looking forward to testing myself again at the top level."
 
Murray recognised that the upcoming season will be considerably more challenging, and that the unity within the club will be crucial once again.
 
"When you win things and win games regularly you are going to enjoy it. This year is going to be a lot different.
 
"It's going to be different for the players and the fans. We've got to understand we're not going to win as many games as we have done in the previous two seasons.
 
"I think the fans have been spoilt with the way the club has performed over the last two seasons and the amount of games we've won.

"The stats show, I think, that Brighton have won the most games in all the professional leagues in England over the last two years.
 
"We need to get our head around the fact that it's not going to be all wins and goals. We are going to have some tough times and that's when we have really got to show our togetherness."


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