Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray insists that the 3-0 win over West Ham United at the London Stadium back in October 2017 was the game that he believes the Seagulls found their feet in England’s top flight.
The forward netted a brace either side of Jose Izquierdo’s stunner in the capital that Friday evening, and Murray emphasised the pivotal nature of the result.
He said, “The game against West Ham was a huge night because it made us feel like we belonged and that we could mix it with the clubs that we’d watched from afar for so long.
“I really feel we became a Premier League side in our own minds that night, and we felt as though we should be here.
“I think if you’ve score in previous fixtures against a club you do have good memories.
“You go into the game with a little bit more confidence – but that evening up at the London Stadium was an interesting one, because as soon as we got there you got the sense that perhaps a few of them didn’t like their own surroundings.
“We felt good and the pitch was good in spectacular surroundings - we played really well that evening.”
The striker notched 14 times last term in the club’s debut Premier League season and has already found the back of the net six times this season – notching his 100th Albion goal against Wolves at the Amex at the end of last month.
He revealed that he believes he played just as well in the second tier for the Seagulls but pointed to the division’s profile as being one of the reasons for the greater acclaim he now receives.
“I never doubted myself coming into the division, I always believed that given the right service in the right team, I could score goals in this division.
“I did at Crystal Palace but not so much at Bournemouth – but I knew I could, and the manager and club have given me that opportunity and I’d like to think I’ve paid them back.
“I think I’ve played as well as I am now in the Championship, but you just don’t get the plaudits.
“This league is the top one, but I’m not sure I’d say it’s the best I’ve played – but I just try to enjoy it and score in every game I play, as well as taking it all in.”
Murray was speaking as he watched a selection of his best strikes for the club back, in an exclusive feature that fans can view on Seagulls TV above.
He admitted that each strike does trigger certain memories, but he also highlighted that he’s one to look forward rather than backwards as a general rule both on and off the pitch.
“Each goal evokes a little memory when you watch it back – usually good ones.
“It’s just what I enjoy doing and what I want to continue doing, but I never look back and always look forward.
“At home I don’t talk about football that much, I never sit at home and reminisce. Perhaps if I was talking to a fan or something I might start to, but I’m not one to often sit and watch goals back.
“It’s about continuing and pushing on all the time. If you start dwelling on the past you forget about the future, and that’s what’s got me to the 100.”
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