Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray reflected on the journey both he and the Seagulls had been on after scoring on his 200th league appearance for the club in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Manchester United at the Amex Stadium.
The striker netted the opening goal in a frantic first half which saw Chris Hughton’s side find the back of the net on three occasions before the break, and he looked back on the progress he and Albion had made since his league debut.
He said, “It’s been a bit of a journey for me at the club and it’s one that I probably thought would never come true.
“It seems a long time since that first game for Brighton away at Northampton on a Tuesday night, but both me and the club have come a long way.
“We’ve gone from that to a televised win against Manchester United in the first home game of the Premier League season, so it’s great.”
The side picked up their first three points of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign with the victory over Jose Mourinho’s men on the south coast, and Murray highlighted the importance of the performance in comparison to the first game of the season at Watford.
“The team’s performance compared to last week has also come a long way, we had a week to think about the result and we were all eager to put right this weekend.
“We were below par, and we worked hard on Sunday to get started for the season.
“I don’t think too much changed, but I think we were below par all round last Saturday – we knew we had to work harder than our opposition this afternoon.
“When a side has better individuals, it’s vital that you work hard as a team and we managed to do that.”
Next on the agenda for the Seagulls is a trip to Anfield next Saturday afternoon to face Liverpool, and the forward emphasised that it would be another tough test when the side travel to Merseyside.
“The whole side upped their game today and we knew we needed to – we have another hard game away to Liverpool at Anfield next week.
“Perhaps this takes the pressure off the game a little bit because then you might start to wonder where the first point will come from and people start to talk.
“Thankfully we’ve won and I think our performance deserved that – it will never be an easy game against Liverpool, they’ve added well this summer and they’re contenders for the league, so it will be a tough test."