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Murray wants Cup run alongside survival

1st February 2019, 11:40 by Nick Harris

Brighton can strike the right balance as they target an FA Cup run alongside Premier League survival, according to Glenn Murray.

The Seagulls face a fourth-round replay away to Sky Bet Championship side West Brom following a goalless draw at the Amex Stadium on January 26, with a home tie against Derby awaiting the winner.

Brighton host Watford on Saturday looking to recover from a midweek 4-2 Premier League defeat at relegation-battlers Fulham, where an early double from Murray had put them 2-0 ahead.

Murray accepts continued progress in the top flight is imperative for a club which not so long ago were without a home ground and facing an uncertain financial future.

However, the 35-year-old forward believes the FA Cup remains an important target.

Speaking to The Offside Rule Exclusives, Murray said: "It's a very fine balance, but as far as we're concerned, it's about staying in the Premier League. If we can get a cup run in and around that then brilliant, if we can't then that's just unfortunate.

"Trophies are important to players too, I don't think people give enough credit to players. We come to work and we don't just want to stay in the Premier League, we want to win something as well.

"It's difficult, because if you have too good a cup run, that can be detrimental to your league form - like we saw with Burnley in the opening half of the season when they were in the Europa League.

"We are still in the competition and we'll be trying to go as far as possible."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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