Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray picked out his goal in the 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in the 2016/17 promotion-winning season as his favourite for the club.
The forward reached 100 goals for the Seagulls when he netted the decisive strike in the 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Amex Stadium last month, but he ranked his memorable goal against the Hoops above any other.
He said, “It’s my favourite goal for the club – I don’t think much had come together on the night for us.
“It was quite a scrappy game and there was a bit of pressure - we knew the points were critical at that stage of the season and that the chasing pack would be on us over the weekend if we slipped up.
“It was a great ball from Tomer [Hemed] - my last touch before I finished it wasn’t actually a very good one, but it gave me an angle to shut my body down and wait for the ball.
“It just felt so important for the club on that Friday night, it was one of those games that had a good feel to it with a big crowd. To break the deadlock felt amazing and the scenes behind the goal were just fantastic.”
The finish was one of 23 times the forward found the back of the net during a historic campaign, and he also looked back fondly on another pivotal goal away from home from a few months earlier in the season.
“I also got a big one at Birmingham City a few weeks beforehand, and that was a famous goal – we’d been below par in the game and it was coming to crunch time in the season where we knew we had to keep the momentum going.
“Everyone knows how important the busy Christmas period can be if you want to be up the top of the table at the end of the season.
“Solly [March] came on and made a huge difference – he set Anthony [Knockaert] up for the first goal and I managed to get the winner – how it went in I’ll never know! It felt like it took an eternity to drop in, but it was a pivotal point in the season.
“It kept our momentum going and you can tell from the celebration it was a special one – I ran the length of the pitch because it felt like such a poignant moment in the season.
“We hadn’t played well and we still won – Birmingham had their first game under a new manager and they were expectant but I probably got swept away with the moment and wanted to celebrate with our fans – they were just down the other end of the stadium! It was worth sprinting!”
Murray’s penultimate goal of the season came in the 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at the Amex Stadium. The forward opened the scoring, before Solly March doubled the home side’s advantage to all but seal promotion to the Premier League.
The Albion centurion reflected on the momentous day, and honestly assessed the end to the season.
“The goal on that day was big because it was a bit of a tense affair, we were so close to being promoted.
“Tomer set me up again and I just tried to hit it low and hard on target – thankfully it went in and it relieved a lot of stress and made us play with a bit more freedom.
“That day will never be forgotten for many fans, it was a funny one because we still had to wait for the result from the late kick off afterwards, but it will always be up there as one of my best memories in the game.
“To finally get over the line was fantastic, but it’ll always be tinged with a little bit of regret because we couldn’t go on to be champions – and we really should have done.”
Murray was speaking as part of an exclusive interview on Seagulls TV, where the forward watched back a selection of his century of strikes for the club.
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