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Murray Delighted To Continue Scoring Run

6 April 2015

Glenn Murray was delighted to find the back of the net for the fifth time in five games as he helped Crystal Palace to a memorable 2-1 victory against Premier League champions Manchester City.

The striker poached the opening goal of the game on 39 minutes to hand his side the lead against the run of play, but a superb free-kick from Jason Puncheon doubled the advantage, and despite a late Yaya Toure consolation the Eagles claimed victory against a reigning league champion for the first time since 1992/93.

Murray admitted he wasn't sure about where it ranked in his Eagles highlights just yet, but was delighted with a huge victory against one of the league's big guns.

He said: “I suppose it is one of my best nights here, I've not had time to reflect on it yet, but yeah it's a good night for the club.

“I'm enjoying things at the moment. It took a little time to get over my knee and obviously I worked hard to get back to this position and I'm enjoying it now.

“I think ever since the gaffer's come in he's been uplifting results and the boys have reacted to that. We're a happy group at the minute.

“He's just made it more attacking, obviously the two wide boys and Punch can get on the ball and sort of express themselves and I benefit off the back of that.”

Murray also admitted that he was helped by the officials in regards to his opener being questioned for offside by the City players, and a handball decision that saw the striker block a shot inadvertently with his hand, but he was pleased the officials erred on the side of caution.

On his goal, he said: “That was my first look over my left shoulder just to check he hadn't flagged and luckily it didn't go up and it got counted.

“I felt it the handball was more ball-to-hand than anything. It was just one of those split-second things and obviously the referee didn't give it.”

Regardless, Palace were well worth their victory against City and Murray revealed that a lot of effort had gone into the preparations for the game to stun Manuel Pellegrini's side.

“I think it was a lot of hard work and it's been right throughout the week,” he added. “We've worked on our team shape and how we stop such great players as [are in that] Manchester City's side. I think great credit has got to go to the defence and our teamwork, for the part it played in that victory.

“You've got to accept that when a top team comes to town you've got to almost let them have it in areas of the pitch and not let them pick you off individually.

“We felt as though tonight was almost a free game for us, when the champions come to town you're not really expected to win, so I'm delighted with the result. We're that type of group that will keep working hard and keep pushing for every point we can gain.”

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