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29 October 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton congratulated Glenn Murray on reaching 100 goals for the club, and highlighted the forward’s strengths that have enabled him to achieve such success throughout his Seagulls career.

Murray became Albion’s post-war leading goalscorer with the winning strike against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, and Hughton paid tribute to the striker, who currently sits on six Premier League goals this season.

He said, “It’s a wonderful moment for him and his family. He was desperate to come back here after his first spell — the moment there was interest from us, he was very keen.

“What he wanted was the opportunity to play Premier League football. He’s somebody that deserves everything that he’s got at this moment, because he works very hard.

“We have to look after him at times, he’s the same as most in terms of having his good days and bad days, but he’s a particular type of player.

“Glenn’s strength is around the box. He can have days where his hold-up play is not as good as others, but generally he’s very reliable.

“In regards to being in the right place at the right time, that’s been his strength, but he wouldn't be in the team if he didn’t give us a good all-round game for team.”

The Seagulls managed to secure maximum points with a resolute performance at the Amex, but Hughton insists his team need to perform better to put themselves under less pressure.

“If I’m looking at the performance against Newcastle and the performance today [Saturday], you can only have so many of them.

“If a team has more shots and more crosses than you, the law of averages says the balance will go in their favour.

“What we have is Pascal [Gross] out of the team, Jose [Izquierdo] who is getting up to speed, and those changes in the middle of the park as well. We certainly need to up our game a little bit."

Hughton also touched on the impressive form of Lewis Dunk, following the defender’s England call-up and contribution towards three Albion clean sheets over recent weeks.

“The maturity that Lewis has shown has been over a period of time. What he’s got to do is carry on developing.

“If I look at the England squad, they’ve got good options at centre-half and he’s got to continue putting in performances that allows him to be in future squads.

“He’s been super for us and for those that have been here longer than me, they’ve seen his development even more.

“Dunky is one that just gets on with it. He’s not the most vocal, he’s somebody that just goes about his job. He’s very good at what he does.

“I hope that leads to something, but more importantly we need him to do well for us.”

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