Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray explained that he felt could make an impact from the bench in Wednesday night's 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in an Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay.
This season’s top scorer began the contest at the Hawthorns as a substitute, entering the action with the match level at 1-1 towards the start of extra time, before scoring a decisive brace to send Chris Hughton’s side through to the fifth round.
He said, “We played well for large spells of the game, but unfortunately West Brom got themselves in the lead.
“Looking at the match from the sidelines I felt like it was open and that there would be chances, thankfully they fell to me.
“You never know what can happen in this competition, some of the bigger sides are already out but we’ve got enough tough tie next against Derby County – we know what they’re about, they’ve got some good talent and we’ll be wary of them.
“This is still a very special competition and it’s always a chance to turn your attention away from the league, going head to head to win a game with nothing to lose.”
The double against Darren Moore’s men took Murray to 12 goals for the campaign so far, and the forward reflected on his own current form, as well as the side’s in general.
“I feel good at the moment, over the Christmas period I had a few little knocks and a bit of an illness but that’s all behind me now,” he continued.
“I feel back to my best and scoring goals helps, we’ve got good competition in the squad at the moment and we have a few faces who are returning from injuries and time away.
“It’s nice to have them back, in a way they feel like fresh faces, within the group there was never a down moment, we feel confident and we feel happy in the way we’re playing at the moment.
“We felt as though we dominated the game on Saturday and again on Wednesday – we feel like we’ve put on a good display.
“We’ve had some difficult fixtures over the last month and we feel like our performances levels have been consistently good overall.”
The Seagulls entertain Burnley this Saturday at the Amex Stadium, kick-off 5.30pm, looking to build on the cup victory in the Premier League – Sean Dyche’s men will have a number of familiar faces in their ranks, including fellow strikers Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes.
“They’re players I know well, between the three of us we formed quite a formidable combination in attack.
“They were only young at the time, but they have both gone on to have fantastic careers and Lewis Dunk will know exactly what to expect having been in the same squad as them.
“Ashley [Barnes] has done brilliantly, and he really started to take off when he was with us – you could see his confidence flourish during that time and he’s gone on to do some really good things, so good on him.”
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