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8 May 2017

The Albion forward reflected on finishing second.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray was keen to put matters into perspective after a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa denied the Seagulls the chance to claim top spot.

Albion’s stalemate coupled with Newcastle United’s 3-0 victory over Barnsley gave the Magpies the title, but Murray says the feelings of frustration will quickly subside.

He said, “It is a disappointed dressing room, but give it 24 to 48 hours and we’ll reflect on what we actually have achieved this year, even though right now the feeling is disappointment.

“Obviously the group that were here last year was disappointed, and ultimately getting into the Premier League was our main aim and we’ve done that.

“Looking at the last three games we had a chance to win it and unfortunately that wasn’t to be, but we need to congratulate Newcastle because they’ve stuck at it and we’ve got to be humble in defeat.”

Brighton’s leading marksman came out in support of David Stockdale following Jack Grealish’s late equaliser, and praised Aston Villa for their strong performance on the day.

“I don’t think anyone is looking at David for making a mistake; he’s rescued us time and time again this season and been absolutely magnificent.

“People may look at it and say it’s David’s mistake, but then we look at it and say maybe not.  Maybe three minutes beforehand we should’ve stepped up and pressed harder, popped out of position and stopped the shot, but it was just one of those afternoons and it wasn’t meant to be.

“It went in in the 89th minute and left us with a mountain to climb, so it just wasn’t meant to be.

“We had one or two chances ourselves, but as I said that’s football and Aston Villa are a very good side. I think they’ve underachieved this year and we’ve struggled against them drawing 1-1 twice. They showed what a good side they are.”

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