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MURRAY'S APPRECIATION FOR PROVIDER GROSS

29 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray and Pascal Gross compete for the ball in training.

After scoring his first Premier League goals of the season last week, Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray highlighted the unselfish nature of team-mate Pascal Gross, who claimed his fourth assist.

The German played off Murray in Albion’s 3-0 victory at the London Stadium, and ahead of today’s game against Southampton at the Amex, the 34-year-old spoke about his attacking partner.

He said, “He’s very different compared to Tomer and Sam, but he’s equally as good. He’s not an out-and-out goalscorer, he doesn’t break his neck to get into the box, he’s more of a provider.

“He wants to get assists and that suits me. When I make runs, I know he’s always got his head up and is looking for me.

“As well as Pascal, we’ve also got two wingers on the field, so we can hit teams from any area. It suits me having two wingers and Pascal looking for me.

“It was nice to get off the mark for this season, after a difficult start. More importantly, though, was the club getting their first away win in the Premier League.”

After returning from an ankle injury, Murray hopes his early-season problems are now behind him, as he looks to score more goals in the Premier League, a division he feels is more suited to his age.

“It’s easier than the Championship, because the Championship is game after game, Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday, it’s full-on and probably more physical as well.

“The Premier League gives us a chance to rest little knocks and gives us longer to prepare. It’s usually Saturday-Saturday, and it’s very rare we have a midweek game.

“I think it’s actually more suited to myself, Bruno and Siddy [Steve Sidwell].”

After seeing both Lewis Dunk and Solly March come through the club’s academy system to play in the first team, Murray spoke about the increased difficulty of doing that now Albion are in the Premier League.

“It’s always nice to see young boys come through and play for their local side, but it does become more difficult the higher you get.

“Now we’re in the top division, it will be more difficult for young lads to step in. You need an outstanding youngster, if they’re going to be dropped straight into a Premier League side.

“Obviously Dunky and Solly stepped into the Championship, well League One for Dunky. They learned their trade and are now flourishing in the Premier League, but it is difficult.”


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