Murray scores 2, Brighton beats Swansea 4-1 in EPL

Ruben Hill
February 25, 2018

Glenn Murray was the chief architect for the Seagulls' crucial home win, scoring twice to put his side two goals in front, before Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia netted either side of a Lewis Dunk own goal.

Making England's World Cup squad seems unlikely for 34-year-old Murray, but the striker has 10 Premier League goals this season and only three Englishmen - Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy - have more.

Visiting boss Carlos Carvalhal, who had seen his side draw three away games in a row prior to today, chose to change things around with 10 minutes of the first half to play by bringing on Andre Ayew for Nathan Dyer. Jose Izquierdo fired a shot high from outside the box after the resulting set piece was cleared.

Murray stepped up and confidently tucked away the spot-kick, sending Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way.

The Swans boss threw on attackers Andre Ayew, Luciano Narsingh and Tammy Abraham with his side trailing to Glenn Murray's first-half penalty.

Both sides hit the woodwork before the interval, Lewis Dunk thumping a header against the crossbar and Jordan Ayew firing against a post.

Murray scores 2, Brighton beats Swansea 4-1 in EPL
Murray scores 2, Brighton beats Swansea 4-1 in EPL

Early in the second half Seagulls goalkeeper Mathew Ryan dived full stretch to his left to palm away Ki Sung-yueng's drive.

The Seagulls had a goal ruled out when Anthony Knockaert's attempted cross curled towards goal.

Brighton were beginning to turn the screw and were rewarded with the game's second goal, as Murray made it seven goals in nine matches by converting from Izquierdo's pull-back.

Four minutes later Albion well and truly put the game to bed, as Knockaert was put through on goal by Gross, with the winger comfortably beating Fabianski to give the home side a three-goal cushion.

Swansea - who were truly terrible - got one back with five minutes left but even that was courtesy of an own goal.

But Brighton's record January signing Locadia, on as a substitute, completed the scoring when he turned in a Dale Stephens shot with a minute remaining.

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