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MURRAY: WE FORGED A FORMIDABLE TRIO

9 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray, Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood helped fire Albion to promotion during the 2010/11 season.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray reflected on the prolific partnership he formed with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood during his first spell at the club, ahead of the pair’s return to the south coast with Burnley this evening.

The trio notched 51 goals during Albion’s 2010/11 season, which saw the Seagulls promoted to the second tier as League One champions, and Murray knows exactly what to expect from his former team-mates when the Clarets visit.

He said, “It’s two teams with similar strikers that don’t like to concede many goals. Me, Woodsy and Barnesy all played here together, so we know them very well and what they’re about.

“I was the older head when they came in as two young lads back in the League One season. We forged quite a formidable trio.

“It was good because they were just young and learning their trade — they got valuable game time and scored plenty of goals in that season.

“They’ve both gone on to have fantastic careers. It will be good to see them and catch up, as long as it’s after a win!”



Another striker joining Barnes and Wood at the Amex this evening is Peter Crouch, who departed Stoke City to sign for the Clarets during the January transfer window.

Crouch is one of only 28 players to have scored more than 100 Premier League goals since the league’s formation in 1992, and Murray believes the 38-year-old’s experience will come in useful at Turf Moor.

“He’s a big character that’s had a fantastic career and he definitely deserves one more shot at the Premier League.

“I’d heard rumours of the move previously — Sean Dyche is obviously very keen on Crouchy. He brings a wealth of experience and a levelheadedness to the scenario they’re in at the moment.

“It will be massive for them, an older head to calm some younger heads that may be getting a little nervy. We had it at Crystal Palace when I was there — Tony Pulis pulled us all in one by one and told us to relax.

“We went on a five-game winning streak after that, so it’s good to have older people around you that have been there and done it before.”


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