Chris Hughton felt his Brighton side fully deserved their big win over Swansea
Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton hailed the two-goal contribution of striker Glenn Murray in his side’s 4-1 win over Swansea City on Saturday.
The forward netted either side of half-time to put the home team 2-0 up and well on their way to back-to-back Premier League wins at the Amex.
However, while this summer’s World Cup may be a pipe dream for Murray, the 34-year-old now has 10 Premier League goals this season and only three Englishmen – Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy – have scored more.
“To score 10 for a side like us, who we know are going to find it difficult to score goals in the Premier League, that is some achievement,” said Hughton.
“Glenn has been good for us generally, but if I picked out the last five or six games he’s been great, not only his goals but what he is putting in for the team.”
The victory moved Brighton four points clear of the drop zone and Hughton added: “It was a worthy scoreline, particularly in the second half as the game opened up.
“And generally as games open up in that way, somebody is going to benefit, and it was us today. We have not been big goal scorers this season, but on a day with that little bit more guile and a better final pass, we could have had more.
“At the moment, particularly at home, we look more likely to score goals than perhaps we did earlier in the season. And that is something we will need to continue.”
Brighton also managed to score four goals in a game for the first time ever in the Premier League, although it was the points – rather than the display – that most pleased Hughton.
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“Ultimately the thing is to keep picking up points,” he said. “It is three big points, that I am aware of, but that only lasts until tomorrow, or maybe Monday, and then you start thinking about the next game.
“And you know that a weekend where results do not go for you and you do not get any, it can change dramatically.
“So we have to use the good run we are on to put pressure on players to keep performing.”