Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray was pleased to see the team rediscover the foundations that have served Chris Hughton’s side so well over recent years, as they secured a hard-earned point against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The Seagulls came from behind to draw 1-1 against the Gunners on Sunday, thanks to Murray’s second-half penalty, and the forward felt his team-mates returned to implementing what they do best.
He said, “Everyone has been calling us out and giving us a hard time because of recent results — but I feel as though we’ve pulled together and gone back to basics, and back to what Brighton are good at.
“It’s about keeping the opposition at bay and working off the back of that to try and create chances, which I felt we did well against Arsenal.
“We’re an honest group and we always try to pick up as many points as possible, no matter who we’re up against.”
Murray’s goal was the 200th of his senior career and his 12th Premier League strike of the season, and the striker continued to assess Albion’s eye-catching performance in north London.
“It was nice to get a draw and pick our form up towards the end of the campaign, after a slump in the second half of the season.
“Obviously Arsenal are going to create chances with the array of attacking talent they’ve got, but we defended resolutely.
“Off the back of that, we created a number of good opportunities, and even could have nicked a second goal.
“It’s good for us and good for the league that we didn’t roll over and let Arsenal get what they wanted, which was to stay in the running for fourth place.”
Albion finish their Premier League campaign against Manchester City at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, and Murray expressed his excitement towards being involved in the race for the league title.
“It’s going to be another fantastic fixture to be involved in. They’re going for the Premier League, and we’ll be trying to keep the integrity of the league and give a good account of ourselves.
“It’s really nice to be involved in games that matter, this is why you want to be a professional, to be the best, and on Sunday we’ll be playing against possibly the best in the Premier League.”