Glenn Murray is in mint condition as 35-year-old striker becomes Brighton’s second 100-goal star
- Brighton striker Glenn Murray scored his 100th goal for the club on Saturday
- It came in Brighton’s 1-0 Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers
- He is 35 but in fine shape due to cryotherapy chambers, ice baths and yoga
On a day that Wolves’ sprightly young side outplayed Brighton, it was left to two Brighton players with a combined age of 73 to provide a brutal reminder of realities of the Premier League.
The 38-year-old Bruno and 35-year-old Glenn Murray will point to their time in the cryotherapy chambers, the ice baths and the yoga sessions but here they demonstrated the knowhow and precision that only their extended careers in the game can develop.
In a blistering display of efficiency, Brighton won this match despite recording only one corner and one shot on target in the game to leave Wolves’ talented set of players scratching their heads and wondering where it had all gone wrong.
Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray scored his 100th goal for the club on Saturday
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo need not look far for the answer. His side had 25 shots on goal and failed to score. They have now had 145 shots in 10 games – the same as Liverpool and more than Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United – but only managed to turn nine of those into goals.
Here they were denied by their own profligacy, stubborn Brighton defending, particularly by Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, while goalkeeper Mat Ryan made several terrific saves.
‘We just couldn’t put the ball in the net,’ wing-back Matt Doherty said. ‘But one day it will come and we will give someone a hiding. In training everyone is putting them in the top corner, even me.
‘I had one in training on Friday and put it in the bottom corner but in the match I ended up kicking the ground. They had half a chance and put the ball in the net.’
Welcome to Glenn Murray’s world. This was his 100th goal for the club and a particularly impressive return considering he had been knocked out, concussed, in last week’s win at Newcastle.
While Wolves are enduring some teething issues after their fine start to life in the Premier League, Brighton are getting the job done. A third consecutive 1-0 victory has taken Chris Hughton’s team nine points clear of the drop zone.
It came in Brighton’s 1-0 Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the AMEX
Two of those winning goals have come from Murray while Bruno’s return to the backline has brought improvement. Improbably, Bruno coped imperiously with the devastating pace of Adama Traore, 16 years his junior, and even broke beyond the winger for Brighton’s goal, as he fired low and hard across the box, where Murray turned the ball in.
Murray followed the FA’s guidance on concussion injuries, with the protocols dictating a players must wait six days to return. ‘I don’t remember much at all from Newcastle. I can’t remember the impact so there was nothing to be scared of. And it’s the old adage of when you fall off a bike you get back on it and you ride again, don’t you?
‘And it was just about getting back out there, getting into a header, getting a bit of physical contact and I was fine. I was obviously groggy the first few days. I did memory tests to make sure there has been no aftermath. I felt good to play.’
Murray, who is the top scoring Englishman in the Premier League with six so far this season, remembers his first Brighton goals – in League One at the old Withdean Stadium against Crewe in 2008 – especially clearly.
‘I got two that day,’ Murray said. ‘Then there was a silly celebration, a sort of Ring-A-Ring-A-Roses – it was Guy Butters who made us do that. You didn’t say no to Guy when you were a new player at the club!’
Murray is 35 but still in fine shape due to cryotherapy chambers, ice baths and yoga sessions
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