Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray says the Seagulls will leave everything out on the field to ensure the side retain their Premier League status for another season.
Chris Hughton’s men travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Wednesday evening looking to pull further clear of the bottom three, and Murray stressed that he and his team-mates will thrive on the pressure associated with staying in the top flight.
He said, “There’s no denying the scenario we’re in, but we’re all ready for the fight and willing to give it everything for the next six weeks.
“You always feel pressure at this level, we worked so hard to get here and we all want to stay here,” he continued.
“To not feel pressure wouldn’t be quite right – pressure is good, and we play with it every week, it means you care. I feel like we deserve to stay up over the course of the season, we’ve had really good spells where we’ve played some really good football.
“On the other hand, we have had tough spells where the division has bitten us a little bit, but all in all we deserve to stay here.”
The weekend saw Albion fall to a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton at the Amex Stadium, and the forward honestly reflected on a frustrating afternoon for the side.
“We were disappointed with the game because we let a rival in the table gain some ground on us, but it’s been and gone and it’s about moving forward now and looking forward to another huge fixture on Wednesday evening.
“You can’t dwell in the Premier League, you have to look towards the future games, the disappointment is gone now, and we know it wasn’t good enough.
“They worked harder than us, and that was the most frustrating thing – we felt as though we were outworked rather than outplayed in the way they got their victory.”
Sunday’s game between tomorrow evening’s opponents and Cardiff City saw the west London side run out eventual 2-1 winners, keeping the Bluebirds five points behind the Seagulls ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Murray revealed he watched the late stages of the game in the Welsh capital, citing that there were lessons to be learned ahead of tomorrow’s game against Maurizio Sarri’s side.
“I caught the end of the match and we have to take things from the game on Sunday – our analysts will work on that and we’ll have a plan that we believe can break Chelsea down.
“You can’t lie, it was good news for us in the end and it could end up being a big result.
“One of their goals was clearly offside, but we felt as though we had the same decision go against us when we played down there in November - that was hard for us to take.
“You hope that it all levels out during the course of the season and it all ends up fair.”