Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray says there are plenty of reasons for optimism from their last two games against Liverpool and Manchester United, but expressed his disappointment at conceding another goal from the penalty spot.
Paul Pogba’s spot-kick sent United on their way to a 2-1 win on Saturday, and
Murray highlighted the importance of not gifting goals to the top six sides.
He said, “These games are like free shots for us. We take positives from both our performances, but the one thing that stands out is obviously two penalties.
“You can’t gift big clubs like these penalties to give them an advantage in the game, as it puts us on the back foot.
“We don’t feel like we have been torn open or outplayed too much. Obviously at points, these clubs have got very good individuals and they can do a piece of magic, but we feel we have kept that to a minimum in both games.”
The Seagulls frontman feels the decision to award United a penalty was arguably the right one, and feels it added to an already difficult task of trying to get something from the game at Old Trafford.
“I think it probably is a penalty, but it’s difficult to tell straight away. Pogba just gets the wrong side of Gaetan and it’s a little bit of a coming together.
“I’ll need to see it again, but so far everything is going right for him.”
Murray also feels Albion are developing well as a club, and says it’s important not to become too downbeat after the last couple of results.
“We are progressing gradually and I think at the right pace. We have improved in some areas from last year and, if it continues in that momentum, we are doing something right.
“In terms of getting things away at Old Trafford, it is always a difficult place to come to, no matter how long you have been in the division.”