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MURRAY: YOU HAVE TO BE RAZOR SHARP

5 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray has fired ten goals for Albion in the Premier League so far this season.

Only six players have scored more Premier League goals than Brighton & Hove Albion’s Glenn Murray this season, and the Seagulls forward fully understands the difficulty of finding the back of the net in England’s top flight.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah leads the way with 16 goals after 25 matches, followed closely by five other players that sit ahead of Murray, all of which play for teams inside the Premier League’s top six.

Albion’s post-war record goalscorer has fired 22 of his 33 Premier League goals inside 60 top-flight appearances for the Seagulls, with the other third coming for Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth over 52 matches.

Murray needs just one more goal to reach a league century for Albion, but the forward is under no illusions when it comes to understanding the increase in quality required to add further strikes in the Premier League.

He said, “Defending in the Premier League is very different — they never want to let you in behind them. I noticed that in my second start for Palace against [Nemanja] Vidic and [Rio] Ferdinand. They were happy to allow you to have the ball in the front of them.

“Whereas in the Championship, defenders try to step in a lot more, which gives you more opportunities to create something.



“You have to be razor sharp in the Premier League, because you’re only going to get one or two chances tops in a team like ours.

“In the Championship and lower down, you can have four or five good chances in a game, and even if you miss two or three, it doesn’t really matter.

“That’s the way the Premier League is and that’s the stature of this club at the minute. We’re still a newly-promoted Premier League club and it’s about keeping goals out, as much as scoring them.

“You’ve got to be more conservative in the Premier League, because if you do become a little too expansive, world-class players will pick you apart.”



Sitting four goals ahead of the 35-year-old is two-time Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, and when asked who of the Premier League’s leading goalscorers he particularly admires, Murray heaped praise on the Tottenham Hotspur and England forward.

“We’re talking about world-class players, they’re all pretty special in their own right, but I obviously like Harry Kane — I think he’s exceptional and I like the way he’s done it.

“I like the way that he didn’t stay under the wing of a big club — he went out there and learnt his trade at Leicester and places like that.

“He went out on loan, sat on the bench and played in League One and the Championship. I think he’s a better player and has more strings to his bow for doing that.

“Rather than just sitting on the bench in the Premier League and waiting for his turn, he went out, learned and adapted. I’m sure he uses some of those tricks now.”


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