Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray highlighted the effective partnerships within the squad, and believes a stern defensive platform is the team’s key to achieving success in the Premier League.
The Seagulls are looking for their first away victory of the season at the London Stadium this evening, and Murray spoke about the strong relationships Albion have all over the pitch, ahead of their meeting with West Ham United.
He said, “The main thing has been that we had real quality coming up from the Championship, especially in partnerships, such as Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, who are really strong together.
“Obviously Bruno has been alongside them for a long time. We also added a goalkeeper and he’s settled really well. Dale Stephens and Davy Propper have formed a partnership too.
“I think we defend really well and try to make the most of our opportunities when we spring forward, through the likes of Anthony Knockaert and Solly March on the wings.
“We’re strong defensively and willing to get forward at the right times, but our success is built on our defence.”
Murray has started just two of Albion’s eight Premier League fixtures so far this season, but after recovering from injury, the forward is now relishing the opportunity to cement his position in England's top flight.
“It’s great to be back in the best league in the world. I obviously dropped out of the Premier League to come back, and I like to think it was an educated guess.
“The gaffer brought me in and believed in me all of last season - that was a big thing for me. When I signed, we spoke about if I’d still be in his plans if we got to the Premier League, and he was positive about that.
“Tomer [Hemed] and I will probably swap quite a bit throughout the season, but right now is my opportunity to make that position mine.”
Hammers striker Andy Carroll will miss tonight’s game through suspension, and Murray commented on his counterpart’s attacking threat, before looking ahead to his first visit to the London Stadium.
“I personally think that he’s the best aerial threat in the league. I’m a little bit disappointed, as I would have liked to have seen him and Shane Duffy go at it.
“I haven't been to the London Stadium yet, but I expect it to be very different. West Ham are coming to terms with it and I’m sure they’ll make it a home.
“I really enjoyed playing there [Upton Park], it was almost like a football mecca. It was old, but it had a lot of character.
“Every game is tough at this level, especially away games, but we go there with a positive result against Everton, and we believe we can get some points out of the game.”