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16 April 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray had mixed emotions on his goalscoring return to Selhurst Park, as the side ultimately left Croydon empty handed following a 3-2 defeat.

Murray received a warm reception from the Palace fans and got on the scoresheet, but was left to rue a late missed chance to earn the Seagulls a share of the spoils.

He said, “For me on a personal level, it’s always nice to come back to Selhurst Park.

“The fans always welcome me nicely and I had some great times here. It’s always nice to come back, whichever club it is I play for.

“Whichever team I’ve played for in this game, I’ve never celebrated. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for both clubs and it’s not about celebrating goals, it’s about doing my job on the afternoon.

“I’m very disappointed by it [the late chance], but it’s gone and I didn’t mean to miss it. I tried to score it and dwelling on it isn’t going to do me any good. I have to move on and look ahead to Tuesday.”

The Seagulls frontman felt the side left themselves with too much to do to get a result, but praised his team-mates' resilience for twice halving a two-goal deficit.

“We gave ourselves an almost impossible task by giving a home team a 2-0 lead within 15 minutes.

“We got back in it, fought back and did brilliantly, then we missed a chance at the end. It was one of those days when it wasn’t to be.

“We got ourselves back in the game and were getting our feet on the ball a bit and then as soon as that happened, they get another.

“It’s a kick in the teeth and then even to pick ourselves up from that and get another goal is something to be quite proud of, because it would’ve been very easy for our heads to drop in that atmosphere.”

Despite the improved second-half display Murray conceded that the side didn’t do enough to claim a result, but is now firmly focused on Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to the Amex on Tuesday.

“We were well on top, but I don’t think we really got our foot on the ball in our good passages of play.

“I don’t think we played at our best, and as a group, we are pretty disappointed.

“But from Sunday onwards, our sole focus will be on working towards the Tottenham game.”

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