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Murray Eyes Selhurst Return Against Spurs

9 January 2015

As well as Alan Pardew's return to Selhurst Park tomorrow afternoon, Glenn Murray will be hoping that he too can get a taste of life in SE25 again against Tottenham Hotspur.

The striker had spent the previous four months on loan at Reading before returning to the Eagles' line-up against Dover Athletic last weekend, and hopes that his performance in that game and his efforts in training may see him get his first minutes in an Eagles shirt since September.

On his comeback, he said: “I think the gaffer might overshadow me a bit as I've only been away for a little while! It should be a great atmosphere on Saturday and I'm looking forward to it.
“Tottenham's performances since we drew with them have been excellent against some of the best in the league so it'll be a tough game, but Selhurst is a bit of a fortress and it's a difficult place to come to. We've got to focus on us and get what we can out of the game.”

Murray has been impressed with the impact Pardew has had on the training pitch during his first full week as Eagles boss and believes the feel-good factor around the club could help them beat the in-form Spurs tomorrow evening.

“It's been great, obviously he's come in and had a lot to do but we got the result on Sunday and now we're looking forward to his first game in charge in the Premier League for us,” Murray added.

“He's been very hands on, he was out there yesterday telling us where to be and what to do and getting us to play his way which was good. People feed off his exuberance on the training pitch and it's good to see him out there telling us first hand what he wants from us.

“It's been different for me as I wasn't here under the old regime but the place seems good and everyone seems really happy so we're in a good place.”

During his stint at the Madejski Stadium the 31-year-old scored eight goals in 18 appearances for the Royals and he believes the exposure to regular first-team football has helped him forget about the nine-month layoff through a knee injury which stalled his progress at Palace, having bagged 31 goals during the promotion campaign in 2012/13.

With the January transfer window now open and rumours abound that Pardew hopes to bolster his attacking options, Murray is relishing the competition from any potential new arrivals as he feels it'll help in the long run.

He said: “The move to Reading got me back playing regular football at a good level which I think I needed after spending so long out instead of getting drip-fed 10 or 15 minutes here and there.

“I've always wanted to score goals wherever I've been and the aim is to deliver in the Premier League. It would have been nice to take the confidence and momentum into the Premier League after my good season in the Championship but it wasn't to be. It's just one of those things and I've just had to move on from it.

“I think you've got to accept that in the Premier League you've got to have four or five good strikers in the squad and you've got to be rotated, it's a completely different level than being in the Championship where you can get away with one or two and a couple of kids. All I can do is do my best and try and show the manager what I can do.”

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