Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray assessed the club’s remaining Premier League fixtures in September, as the Seagulls come up against Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City after the international break.
Chris Hughton’s team travel to the Saints for their next game on Monday evening, before hosting Spurs and visiting the Etihad Stadium, and Murray highlighted the importance of Albion’s trip to St Mary’s, before difficult matches against two of the top six.
He said, “Southampton are probably a team that we regard to be in and around us, so it’s extremely important to take as many points off those types of teams as possible.
“It double hurts them, because they lose points and also lose ground on us. But that isn’t to say that the games against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur aren’t equally as important, even though they’ll be difficult.
“We’ve got a great record at the Amex, and we went up to the Etihad last season and it was a bit of a strange scenario to play in.
“We were safe and they were champions - so we both had what we wanted. The fixture will be a lot different this time around.
“We prepare for every game differently. I’m sure the gaffer already has an idea of how we’ll approach the game. Hopefully our tactics will allow us to get something up there at the end of the month.”
Ahead of September’s away trips, the Seagulls are yet to record a point on the road this season, but Murray took positives from Albion’s visit to Anfield and highlighted the lessons learned from games against the top sides.
“It was a disappointing aspect from the afternoon [Salah’s goal], but it’s also a positive to take from the game - they scored from our naive play and never really broke us down. You see other teams go to Anfield and get picked apart.
“We’ve learned a lot about the Premier League, let alone the top six. We understand that when you go away to a top-six side, it’s a very tough ask and it’s about working from your structure and being patient.
“One wrong move either way and they’re the type of possession-based teams that will play and play and play until they find that gap through. It’s about concentration on all parts.”
Murray has found the back of the net three times already this season, and the experienced forward expressed his delight to open his account early on, but also identified the importance of maintaining those levels.
“Yeah I’m very happy - I’m in front of myself goals-wise. I don't think I scored my first until the 20th October last season, so to have three by the first international break is a positive start.
“It’s always nice to be talked about for the right reasons, but the hard thing is to keep it up, and that’s what you have to focus on.”