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MURPHY'S MIXED EMOTIONS AFTER CUP DEFEAT

9 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Jamie Murphy in action for Albion in the Checkatrade Trophy against Stevenage.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Jamie Murphy was pleased to play 90 minutes and score against Stevenage in the Checkatrade Trophy, but admitted his disappointment after being eliminated from the competition on Tuesday evening.

The Scotsman came into Albion’s under-21 side at the Lamex Stadium, alongside a handful of other first-team players, but the Seagulls were unable to progress, despite Murphy’s late goal, as they lost 3-1 to their League Two opponents.

Murphy said, “It’s always good to play a game of football, no matter what level. I’m disappointed with the result, because if we had of won then we would have gone through.

“But when you’ve not played a game in a while, it’s always important to get 90 minutes under your belt.

“I’ve managed to get a bit of fitness for myself, but I’m disappointed for the younger lads, because I wanted to go through just as much as them.

“It’s always good to score. It was the exact same situation as the Bournemouth game where I missed a chance. So it was good to kind of put that one to bed.”

Murphy and his team-mates have until Monday 20th November until their next Premier League fixture, Stoke City at the Amex, and he believes the international break can be beneficial for the squad.

“It’s good to have the international break. We get a couple of days off, but we work really hard on the days that we’re in.

“It’s a bit of a rest for everyone, because we’ve all been training hard this season. We’ll certainly come back ready to go against Stoke.

“We’ve done things right so far. It’s probably not where people expected us to be [eighth], but we don’t expect to lose games, no matter who we’re playing.

“We’ve carried on from last season and long may that continue.”


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