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16 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Solly March and Glenn Murray at the John Smith's Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray believes Solly March is starting to show some of his best qualities for the Seagulls, after benefitting from a consistent run in the team ahead of Chelsea’s visit this afternoon.

The 35-year-old was speaking on the Friday Football Social on BBC Radio 5 Live, and former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas admitted that March has caught his eye with recent performances.

Murray spoke in depth about the winger’s attributes, which he believes have been showcased more often this season, but still thinks there is more to come from Albion’s number 20.

He said, “I’ve been a big advocate of Solly March ever since I rejoined the club. I’ve seen him do things on the training field that are frightening.

“I want to see him do it on a Saturday more often. He frustrates the hell out of me at times, but I’m always trying to bring the best out of him.

“I want him to show everyone what I see, because I know that if he does that, there could be a big future for him.

“The gaffer has shown quite a bit of faith in him this season, and he’s probably playing the most football he’s played since I’ve been at the club. We’re starting to see some of Solly’s best bits.”

The Seagulls host Chelsea at the Amex Stadium this afternoon, and after playing a false number nine in their 2-0 victory over Manchester City last week, Murray assessed Maurizio Sarri’s tactical options.

“That’s just the way they play and they play it really well. It was an entertaining game, but I’m sure the number nine that pops to mind, Morata, will be very disappointed that he wasn’t involved.

“I’m not sure if they will [play a striker], I think they may go with that false nine again and try to get between our lines and break play from there.

“They interchange well and it’s difficult for a back four to pick them up, especially when you’ve got two centre-halves that are used to marking an archetype number nine.”

Albion were unable to take any points from their matches against the Blues last season, but with a new manager in charge at the London club, Murray is expecting a different test this time around.

“It’s like preparing for two different teams — they play a whole different brand of football now. They’re extremely expansive and try to play out from the back.

“A club of our stature at this level, everyone has got to defend at certain points of the game. We haven’t got that capacity to carry people.

“It’s about stopping Chelsea from playing out and I think the safest place to allow them to have the ball is around the back, and then we can try to block all avenues from there.

“Manchester City pressed them last week and they still found routes out, and that showed that it’s a dangerous proposition.”

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