Murray worried by faltering Brighton home form

Michael Graham
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Pascal Gross of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates scoring his side's first goal with Davy Propper and Gaetan Bong during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Stoke City at Amex Stadium on November 20, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Glenn Murray has urged Brighton to “sort out” their home form after being held to a 2-2 Premier League draw by Stoke.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gave Stoke the lead after 28 minutes after collecting Xherdan Shaqiri’s long ball and side-footing past Seagulls goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

The hosts briefly drew level in the 44th minute when Pascal Gross swept home Davy Propper’s cross from the right but Stoke regained the lead moments later through Kurt Zouma.

The on-loan Chelsea defender reacted quickest to the loose ball after a left-wing corner to head past Ryan from close range.

Jose Izquierdo then lashed home Brighton’s second equaliser on the hour mark after his initial cross was blocked by Kevin Wimmer.

The hosts failed to find a winner, meaning they have now drawn their last three Premier League games at the Amex Stadium.

Murray told Sky Sports: “We seem to be better away from home at the moment which we need to sort out, but points on the board, that’s what we need.

“It felt very open, it was an enjoyable game to play in, we’re just disappointed we didn’t clinch it.

“We showed great character, we’ve got to be happy with it. (We’re) disappointed to concede as soon as we equalised the first one, but all-in-all we’re happy with a point.”


Brighton were incensed when Ryan Shawcross tripped Murray in the box with the score at 1-0, only for referee Lee Mason to refuse them what looked a clear penalty.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton added: “From where we were in the dugout, we had a very good view of it, straight away I thought it was a penalty. We’re really, really disappointed with that.

“We have two officials that can make a judgement on that, and if a referee doesn’t see it, then when you have a linesman that’s on that side, it makes it a tougher one to take.”