Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray says that the side’s focus will be on themselves and their own strengths in today’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.
This season’s top scorer stressed that Chris Hughton’s men will be channelling all their effort into making sure they put on a performance in the capital, rather than hindering the opposition in their pursuit of the quadruple.
He said, “It’s not about stopping them doing anything, it’s about us progressing – we want to get to the final, not stop their run – that’s not the focus, we’re just concentrating on us.”
“It’s still early days to say they can win all four trophies – it’s a long way off yet and although it may not seem like it, there is a lot of football still to be played.
“Manchester City are fighting on three different fronts, they have a huge European game on the following Tuesday, but we have an opportunity over 90 minutes to get ourselves to an FA Cup final, and that’s our focus.”
The forward was on the scoresheet back in 2008 at the Withdean Stadium when Micky Adams’s side defeated the Citizens 5-3 on penalties having drawn 2-2 after extra time, and he reflected on the night that the Seagulls defied the odds on the south coast.
“My main overriding memories are being the underdog, they had just come into money and had signed a lot of big players,” Murray continued.
“At the time Jo played up front for them and he cost something like £18million, that was a huge fee ten years ago.
“Vincent Kompany played that night and so did Elano – they had a good team out and were expected to win on the night, I’m not sure they fancied the Withdean Stadium too much.
“We managed to get them to penalties and win – it was a good side we beat and some of them are still playing now – they’re good memories which will be nice to repeat.”
The sides now find themselves in the same division ahead of this afternoon’s contest, and Murray says the team will believe they can pull off what would still be classed as another upset today.
“Back then in League One it was a big win – the gap between us is closer now as a club than ten years ago.
“You always put pressure on yourself to win matches, it’s sometimes easier to be underdogs – we saw that at Millwall, because it was a tough afternoon.
“Everyone will be a Brighton fan for the afternoon apart from Manchester City fans and I expect there to be a lot of people who will want us to do well.
“It feels good going into a game like this – anything can happen in 90 minutes as Swansea City showed in the last round. We know it’s doable and we’ll go out there and give it everything.”