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28 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray wheels away after scoring his seventh Premier League goal of the season.

Saturday’s goalscorers at the Amex Stadium both plied their trade in non-league for a number of years before arriving in the Premier League, and Glenn Murray believes the experience provided added the hunger for both to excel.

Jamie Vardy also joined the 35-year-old on the scoresheet in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City, and the Seagulls’ top goalscorer insists the doors must remain open for players taking a slightly different route into the professional game.

He said, ”I hope it’s still doable [reaching the Premier League from non-league] because I think there’s still a place in football for raw players that haven't been over-coached in an academy.

"I suppose it gives you a little bit of a chip on your shoulder, that you weren't good enough, you weren't in an academy, and then that gives you the hunger.

"It depends on the person, it either makes or breaks you. I think for players like me and Jamie [Vardy], it gave us that hunger to strive on and maybe even surpass those players that got into an academy before us.”

Chris Hughton’s team were denied all three points due to Vardy’s 79th-minute penalty, and Murray weighed up the balance between producing attractive performances and putting points on the board, before assessing the team’s start to the campaign.

"Would the fans rather we played well and lost? It's that old adage. Do you want to play beautiful football and possibly lose games or maybe not so beautifully and pick up points?

"At the minute we are ahead of ourselves. We've got 15 points after 13 games. We try to work on a point per game ratio throughout the season.

"We've had some really, really tough trips. We've still got to play them at the Amex, don't get me wrong, but we've done arguably the hardest two in the league, the Etihad [Manchester City] and Anfield [Liverpool].”

Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield Town is the first of three matches in eight days for the Seagulls, and Murray highlighted the opportunity to open December with a healthy collection of points.

"You can see a lot of movement in the table and if you hit form at the right time then it can be very beneficial.

"At this level, three games in a week is tough, especially with Crystal Palace in the middle of it, but it's a period we look forward to and we can enjoy playing our football.”


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