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MURRAY: FINE MARGINS COST US

8 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray in action against Manchester City.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray believes the side only missed out on making it past Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup by the finest of margins.

Murray had Albion's best chance of an equaliser snatched away from him in the 54th minute when Lewis Dunk's header from a corner was met by the boot of Aymeric Laporte rather than the Seagulls' frontman.

He said, "Unfortunately, the bounce favoured Laporte, but he’s done well to get to the ball before me and clear it up and over the bar. It was a matter of inches, but those are the margins at this level.

"It would have been easy to really go under after conceding so early and get beaten by a cricket score, but we regained our composure and stuck to our game-plan and it just wasn’t to be.

"To get in at half-time with the score still only at 1-0 gave us some impetus for the second half to keep doing what we were doing and try to get something out of the game."

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Albion have seven games left this season with Premier League safety now the focus, and Murray feels Chris Hughton's men can take heart from Saturday's performance.

"When you play a team like Manchester City, who are regarded as one of, if not the best team in England, to limit their attacking flair and the chances they created - we’ve got to take belief from that into our league form against so-called weaker opponents than them.

"I think we can walk away with our heads held high, but that still doesn’t take away from the fact that we’re disappointed that we lost the game.

"The game meant a lot to the fans, and to see them all there meant a lot to us players as well. It was great to be supported so well, and hopefully we did them slightly proud."


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