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MURRAY'S PRAISE FOR HOWE'S BOURNEMOUTH JOURNEY

15 September 2017

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Albion striker Glenn Murray and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray believes it will be a long time before Eddie Howe’s long-term achievement at Bournemouth is matched, ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash at the Vitality Stadium.

Murray worked under the Cherries boss before leaving the Dorset club for Albion last season, and he commented on the tremendous impact the 39-year-old has had since rejoining the club in 2012.

He said, “The job he’s done there, it will be a long time until it’s surpassed. He’s maintained the group for so long, coming from League One to being an established Premier League team.

“All managers are very different, but Eddie [Howe] was very good at planning for the opposition and seeing where he believed we could hurt them.

“He’d spend the week coaching his team into his way of thinking, in preparation for doing it on a Saturday and making it all come together. His success speaks for itself.

“Everyone needs an opportunity and people need time as well, and I think he’s been given that at Bournemouth. He’s more than repaid them for the faith they’ve shown in him.”

The Albion forward returned from injury as a substitute against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, and is now eager to work on his fitness and regain his starting position in Chris Hughton’s team.

“I just need to get some training under my belt and get back up to speed. I lost a little bit of fitness during my three weeks out, so I just need to keep at it, look to get back into the team and push Tomer [Hemed].

“I thought he did well in the West Brom game, the whole team played as a unit and we looked a lot more comfortable. We showed that we’re capable of winning games at this level.

“Leading into the first international break, it was a learning curve for us. During that learning curve we built confidence and belief in each other, and I think it all came together against West Brom.”

Bournemouth could recall Jermain Defoe to their starting line-up for this evening’s game, and Murray was full of praise for the experienced striker, who currently has 158 Premier League goals to his name.

“He’s brilliant. He does it wherever he’s at, whether it’s a big club or small club, he’s an out-and-out goalscorer and he’s done it for a number of years at the highest level.

“He’s a fantastic role model for younger lads to look up towards. Whoever scores goals in the Premier League, and is English, deserves a call-up [to the England squad] and I think he maybe should have been used a little more [over the years].

“He’s scored goals wherever he’s been, so I’m sure he’s pretty adaptable. No doubt if we give him a chance of Friday night, he’ll score it; so he’s one that we’ll be looking to keep under wraps.”


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