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MURRAY: WE'RE HAPPY TO PUT PRESSURE ON OURSELVES

11 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion striker Glenn Murray in training.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray played down the pressure generated by outsiders, and highlighted the team’s own high standards, as they place weight on their shoulders to achieve success in the Premier League.

The 34-year-old also assessed the identities of this season’s newly-promoted trio, as Albion occupy eighth position after 11 games, while Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United sit tenth and 11th respectively.

He said, “Outwardly, I think everyone probably expects the newly-promoted teams to get relegated, and we were no exception to that. But inwardly, we put pressure on ourselves because we want to achieve.

“It’s a funny one this year. You’ve got one club [Newcastle United] that knows exactly what the Premier League is about and have been here for a long time before.

“Huddersfield have got a very strong identity of what they do. It certainly worked well for them last season and it’s worked so far in the Premier League.

“We’re quite adaptable. We’re happy to control the ball and control games, and we’re also happy to drop in and spring on the counter attack. I think all three teams bring different qualities to the league.”

Heading into the international break, Murray commented on how Albion’s summer recruits have embedded themselves within the squad, and the striker also believes the team can adapt to meet Chris Hughton’s tactical demands.

“It took the new boys a little bit of time to settle in and get used to the pace of the English game, but everyone has settled in now and it just feels like one big group.

“Davy [Propper] and Dale [Stephens] complement each other very well. In periods of games, they can control the tempo for us.

“Then obviously it’s always nice to have Pascal around me, always looking for me, and also wingers that want to deliver the ball.

“We played different formations last season and I’m sure the gaffer’s got a plan if teams begin to suss us out.

“He’ll have an idea of what players can play where, and as a group we go with what we’re coached and told to do.”

Following their next game against Stoke City at the Amex, the Seagulls can record a hat-trick of top-flight away victories for the very first time in the club’s history.

Hughton’s team will have to overcome Manchester United at Old Trafford if they’re able to achieve the feat, and Murray stressed the importance of being confident going into every single match.

“We’ve got to go into every game thinking we can get something out of it, otherwise there’s no point in even turning up.

“We all watch the Premier League along with the supporters, and have done during our time in the Championship, and I think some teams can get beaten by the badge.

“Even though it’s difficult sometimes, you’ve got to be confident and believe you can get something out of it.”


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