Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray says that the side have rightfully earned their place in the Premier League for another campaign following Sunday’s game with Manchester City at the Amex Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s men clinched the title with a 4-1 win on the south coast, which ended Albion's second Premier League season, and Murray reflected on another hardly-fought top-flight campaign after the contest in which he opened the scoring.
He said, “We’ve earned the right to be here again next season, there have been difficult spells, but we’ve come through those and some other sides might have folded given our form in the second half of the campaign.
“We pulled through and got back to what we’re good at towards the end of the season in terms of keeping clean sheets and things like that, thankfully we got over the line and now we have to focus on the summer to improve.
“It will be nice to have a rest for a while now, it’s nice to finish but there’s a bit of a sad element to it as well in terms of it being another season ticked off – they’re not going to be around forever."
Goals from Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan gave the Citizens victory on the south coast as they lifted the Premier League trophy, and Murray praised the efforts of the champions after they sealed back-to-back titles.
“They’re the best side in the league, they’ve shown that every week this season – Liverpool have pushed them all the way, but they have nerves of steel,” he continued.
“They’ve got one of the best managers in the world too, it’s been a really close race with more famous moments.
“It’s brilliant for the Premier League and the division’s global reach, they deserve the title and they’ve been fantastic.”
The game was also the last for club captain Bruno, who was given a fantastic ovation as he left the field with eight minutes to play – Murray spoke highly of his team-mate as his seven years at Albion came to a close.
“It was an emotional day to bid farewell to a player who’s meant an awful lot to this club.
“But rather than focus on it being difficult today, I’d rather reflect on how much of a pleasure it’s been to play with him.
“He’s someone who’s led by example, and to bow out at the top at his age just shows you how good he is.”