MURRAY SCORES HAT TRICK AGAINT NORWICH

Glenn Murray scored a hat trick this weekend as Brighton & Hove thrash Norwich City.


The Bournemouth player who is on loan to Brighton was satisfied with his effort. The big victory over the Alex Neil-led men is a big boost to the club. The veteran player spoke to the club’s official website saying:

“For the first goal, I felt he let the ball run away from him a bit, so I managed to get my body in there and hit the target. I think the second goal that was my favourite of the afternoon.

“It was a great flowing move forward and luckily I was in the right place in the box o finish it off. It’s funny actually because I’ve been talking to Jiri Skalak all week and he likes to cut in on his right foot, but he crossed that in with his left and it was perfect,” Murray said.

The overjoyed experienced player admitted that Norwich were not having a good day.

“We know that they’re much better than what they showed, but we capitalized on their errors and luckily it was a comfortable afternoon,” he added. Read More

Not many signings required: Hughton

Chris Hughton reckons a lot of the matters related to the buy and sale of the players are finalized pretty late in the transfer month and thus, sometimes, it gets impossible to have all the incomers playing right away.

However, Hughton believes there are not too many signings to be made in the pre summer transfer window of 2016-17 for Brighton as the shape of the squad is fine already. So, it would not be a problem even if the new signings are not available in the starting couple of weeks.

In Hughton’s words, “You would obviously like to see the new recruits getting into the squad much before the season starts so that they gel with the rest of the boys. But, most of the signing negotiations, as we have seen in the past, don’t conclude that early.”

“Our current position though is such that there is no need of plenty of signings. Yes, we can do with three or four back up additions, but, comparing it to how many signings we were looking for at the same time previous season; it’s a much lower number.” Read More

HARPER EXPECTS TOUGH MATCH

Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has said that he expects Brighton and Hove to provide a stiff competition for Newcastle United in the FA Cup. Newcastle United were eliminated from the FA Cup last season at the hands of a lower league opposition. Steve Harper, who spent some time on loan at the Championship club earlier in the season, has warned of a repeat this time around. Newcastle United have been warned by Steve Harper, who says that the style of play Brighton and Hove deploy will mean that it will certainly not be an easy game for the magpies.

Brighton and Hove are currently in the 10th position in the table. Despite this, they have a very strong chance of finishing in the play-off position, which will ensure that they have the right to compete for a promotion to the top flight. They are just two points behind Birmingham city, who occupy the final play-off position. Even though Brighton and Hove enjoyed a good run of form only recently, they have suffered a two defeats on the bounce. It has meant that their chances of qualifying for the play-offs are diminishing, but they can shift their focus towards the FA Cup in the hope of a good cup run this season.

“It’s good draw – but a tough draw. Brighton are very comfortable on the ball and play total football, and I can’t see the ball being in the air much. They have two very good centre-backs and have a lot of strength elsewhere too. The Amex will be full and Brighton have nothing to lose,” Steve Harper told The Shields Gazette. After suffering a few stutters in the last few months, Newcastle United seem to have found form at just the right stage in the season.