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MURRAY: WE KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT

15 March 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Glenn Murray.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray says the side know what to expect from Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final with Millwall at the Den.

The Seagulls travel to south London looking to book their place in the final four of the competition, and this season’s top scorer looked ahead to the contest positively.

He said, “There’s nowhere tougher to go – it’s a cup final for both clubs in many ways with what’s at stake.

“We know ourselves what to expect and we’ll be readying ourselves this week.

“This stage is the furthest I’ve ever reached in the competition, over the years my record hasn’t been too great.

The forward netted twice in the fourth round replay away to West Bromwich Albion last month and reflected on the shift in emphasis that occurs once you reach the latter stages of the competition.

“I think as an older player I have a fondness for the cup, over the last few years sides have put weaker teams out in some cases.

“But when it gets to this point of the competition I think all the teams that remain are taking it seriously.

“The emphasis changes as you get further through the rounds if you make changes at the beginning.”

The side’s route to the last eight has included victories over AFC Bournemouth, the aforementioned Baggies and Derby County respectively so far, and Murray highlighted the positive feel that the cup had given both the team and the club as a whole to date.

“A big credit to the club because for our home games we cut the prices of tickets and that drew really good crowds that definitely helped the team.

“That creates a good feel and it’s a great opportunity and a great incentive for both clubs.

“The cup tie is another big one and a great opportunity for us as players, because you always want to go as far as possible in every competition that you can.

“Our first objective is safety – on the back of that we’ll look to continue our good cup run so far and I’m sure the fans will appreciate a day out at Wembley Stadium if we can get there.

“It could now turn into a really successful season for us, we know it will be a tough game and a very physical one that we’ll be ready for.”


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