Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal spoke of the respect he holds for team-mate Glenn Murray and highlighted the striker’s all-round contribution to the team after reaching his 100th goal for the club.
Kayal has started five Premier League matches in a row, helping the Seagulls to a hat-trick of victories, and the Israeli spoke positively about the admiration he has for Murray and challenged the forward to continue his form in front of goal.
He said, “He is a massive player for us. It’s not just about his goals — his link-up play, physicality and running for the team is also amazing.
“Well done to him. He’s a legend and I respect him. We don’t want him to stop here, we want the next hundred!”
Saturday’s victory confirmed Albion as the only Premier League side to win all of their matches in October, and Kayal was delighted to extend the team’s impressive run with another hard-working display.
“This win means a lot to us. The group of players put everything out there and I am delighted to be with players like that. The desire is there to win games.
“It was a big, big performance. We are not playing good football, it was not the best performance but we got the three points and the clean sheet and that means a lot to us.
“Every clean sheet is massive, every clean sheet means you did a good job and I thought we had a few good counter-attacks as well.
“If we could have scored the second one i,t would have made the job easier for us — we didn’t but I’m really delighted with the win.”
Kayal praised his team-mates for showing desperation to keep a clean sheet, and insisted the side’s focus is solely on their own performances, rather than paying attention to the rest of the league.
“Starting from Glenn, everyone put themselves on the line. Maty [Ryan] made a few saves, Dunky [Lewis Dunk] had a few headers and I worked down the middle.
“It was massive defensively and we are happy with the win. It’s always nice to progress after a good result.
“We’re looking after ourselves. It is too early to look into the results of the other teams, but we keep pushing.
“Three wins in a row for a club like us is massive. Three clean sheets in a row is also an amazing feeling.”