Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray expressed his gratitude to Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock for his refreshing display of honesty when the pair worked together at Crystal Palace.
Murray recalled a frank conversation with the current Bluebirds boss, which resulted in the Seagulls frontman reigniting his career on loan at Reading following a long spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
He said, “I’m full of respect for Neil because he was honest with me, and told me that I wasn’t very high up in his plans at Crystal Palace at the time.
“He gave me the opportunity to go out to Reading on loan and rediscover my goalscoring form after suffering from an ACL injury.
“I’ve got nothing but thanks for him, because a lot of managers keep you hanging round and say they will give you a chance, even though you know they won’t.
“Managers can sometimes hold players back for their own benefit, but he was brutally honest with me. It’s not nice to hear that you’re not in your current club’s plans, but it propelled me to go somewhere else.”
Albion claimed a first away win in almost a year with a 1-0 victory against Newcastle United last month, and Murray feels the team have answered a lot of their critics after showing some good resilience on the road.
“A lot has been made about our away form, but it was nice to put that to bed against Newcastle, especially against a relegation candidate.
“We also got a draw at Southampton when we looked dead and buried, so it has got a bit better this year and we’re playing better away from home.
“When the home team comes out and plays, it often leaves gaps in behind and if we can get our foot on the ball and make the right decisions, we can create chances for ourselves.”
The Seagulls frontman is expecting a physical test from Albion’s match at Cardiff, and stressed how the incident at Newcastle has not deterred him from tackling these challenges head on.
“Thankfully I can’t remember anything from Newcastle, so there’s nothing for me to be frightened of! I’ve played against this team before with Bamba and Morrison in defence, and they’re both very good and physical.
“It’ll be tough to break them down, but that’s what we’ll be trying to do at the weekend.”