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1 September 2018

Bennett Dean
Albion striker Glenn Murray prepares for another Premier League match.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray identified the upcoming Christmas period as the perfect chance for the team to string together positive results and climb the Premier League table.

The Seagulls play seven matches throughout December, with a total of 21 points up for grabs, and the 35-year-old, who extended his contract by a further year on Tuesday, admitted the month offers a massive opportunity to gain momentum.

He said, “The Christmas period can definitely make us, but I don’t think it can break us. We’re in a really good position and we’ve started off really well.

“We would have taken this start if we were offered it before the season, and we’re now going into a busy period where you can amount a lot of points very quickly.

“If you can hit form around the Christmas period, then it’s certainly the perfect time to hit form.”

Defeats to Everton and Cardiff City came before the international break for Chris Hughton’s side, and Albion’s post-war leading goalscorer believes the team can reflect on the respective results in different ways.

“I agree that the Everton game was disappointing, but you’ve got to respect Everton. They’ve spent a lot of money on players, such as Gylfi Sigurdsson for £50 million and Yerry Mina from Barcelona. They’re a big club and they’ve got a lot of good players.

“Even though we’re disappointed with the outcome of the Cardiff game, the circumstances definitely didn’t help us.

“Considering we played with ten men for an hour, I thought we did quite well and did enough to get out of there with a point.

“Unfortunately due to some of the decisions, we never got out of the game with the point that we deserved.”

Despite heading into the international break in confident mood, Murray accepted the harsh nature of the Premier League at times and how Hughton manages to keep the team in check.

“The gaffer keeps us very grounded and is a big advocate of that. The Premier League can be punishing and newly-promoted sides often go through a spell where they don’t pick up many points.

“But you have to keep things together and trust that your luck will change. You have to stick to your morals and philosophy, and then hopefully that bad time will turn for you.”

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