Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray highlighted his duty to score goals for the team, but insists he’ll continue to show respect for both clubs if he’s able to find the back of the net against Crystal Palace tonight.
The 35-year-old played for the Eagles between his two spells on the south coast, and after scoring six goals in eight games between the clubs, he stressed his commitment to remaining respectful.
He said, “I wouldn’t celebrate in respect for both clubs. I never did when I scored goals for Palace against Brighton and I won’t the other way around either.
“It’s hard to rein it in because any goal is special and worth celebrating, no matter if it’s from a yard or 30 — not that I get that many from 30! But I’ve been on both sides and I appreciate both sides.
“It’s nice to score any goal and that is my job at the end of the day. Whether it be against a former club or not — I enjoy scoring goals.
“I’m sure once the boys step foot on the field, they’ll feel the atmosphere and know this a very special game for both sets of fans.”
Murray found the back of the net twice against Roy Hodgson’s side last season, and he shared his knowledge on the eagerly-anticipated fixture, which he’s grown to understand more over the years.
“It’s surprisingly fierce. When I left Brighton to join Crystal Palace, I hadn’t come across it, but a few months into the season I soon realised the intensity of it.
“Being a northern boy, I didn’t realise Crystal Palace and Brighton was a derby — obviously both clubs have got teams closer to them.
“But it’s quite an intense one, it means a lot to both sets of fans and I’m sure the atmosphere will portray that on the night.
“For most players it’s just another game, but I’m sure it means a little extra to those local boys, players like [Wilfried] Zaha and [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka, and we’ve got Lewis Dunk down here.”
The Eagles also secured three points on Saturday afternoon, winning 2-0 against Burnley at Selhurst Park, and Murray identified the main threats his team-mates will need to be aware of.
“We know all about Crystal Palace, especially the star man Wilfried Zaha, we know a lot comes through him and also [Andros] Townsend on the other side.
“They’re both very energetic, forward-thinking players, and we’ll certainly need to keep them under wraps.”