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Murray On First Premier League Goal

2 March 2014

Glenn Murray was delighted to bag his first Premier League goal against Swansea City on Sunday - but was ultimately more pleased with what he called a "great point" away from home. 

Murray's 82nd minute penalty earned the Eagles a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium after Jonathan De Guzman had fired Swansea in front in the first half.  

Last season's 31-goal top scorer chased down a hopeful long ball to capitalise on some indecision in the Swans defence, nicking the ball past Michel Vorm before being brought down by last man Chico Flores, who was then red carded for the foul.

And Murray got up to dispatch a brilliantly-taken penalty and register his maiden goal in English football's top flight.

"It was a good moment," Murray said. "You just have to pick where you're going and believe it's going to hit the back of the net. Luckily it did - Vorm went the wrong way and it's a good point gained. 

"We believed that Swansea would start to tire towards the end after a hard week in Europe away in Italy. That proved to be true and we capitalised on that."

Murray was full of praise for manager Tony Pulis' half time alterations, which saw the striker introduced in place of Tom Ince as Palace switched to a 4-4-2 formation.

The frontman said: "Swansea had the better of the game first half without a doubt, but we came out firing in the second and towards the end we were pushing for the win. 

"The gaffer made a few little tactical changes and it did change the game. KG pushed on a little bit further and supported the front men and we all linked up a little bit better.

"If you sit off a team like Swansea, they will make you look terrible. We had nothing to lose so we thought we'd press them and luckily it worked out for us in the second half. 

"It's a great point away from home, but now we've got to look to the next game against Southampton and look at trying to get all three. I think any game at home in the Premier League you've got to try and make a winnable game."

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