Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray has emphasised that the side’s fate remains under their control following Saturday’s defeat to Burnley at the Amex Stadium.
A brace from Chris Wood and a penalty from Ashley Barnes condemned the Seagulls to a frustrating loss despite Shane Duffy’s late consolation, and Murray stressed that the time has come to stand up and be counted between now and the end of the campaign.
He said, “We made a fast and positive start as a side – it was about playing our usual game and trying to impose ourselves on Burnley.
“We know what their game is about and they’re very good at what they do, as the game went on they imposed it on us.
“We’re aware of how tight the table is – we knew the scores from earlier in the day but that doesn’t change anything because our destiny is always in our own hands.
“There’s no point denying that we’re in a battle now or worrying about it, it’s about being together and we have to keep on doing what we have been.”
The hosts could count themselves unlucky overall, having seen several first-half efforts thwarted by Tom Heaton in the visiting goal, and having strong claims for a penalty turned away with the side at a two-goal disadvantage before conceding a spot-kick themselves just moments later during the second half.
“It’s hard to reflect on immediately, it’s not a good day for us, but I felt as though we came up against another inspired goalkeeper in the first half and he kept them in the game.
“From that point they went from strength to strength before a huge decision in the second half by the referee and the linesman.
“They can be season defining moments and if you get the opportunity to get back into the game and change the momentum like we saw against Fulham then it all changes.
“You never know what can happen from huge calls like that, and to then go and give a penalty up the other end straight away rubs salt in the wounds a little bit.”