Date: 19th December 2015 at 9:51am
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Which is exactly what Jamie Murphy has done ahead of the top of the table clash Brighton are faced with today in the final game before Christmas with Albion in a completely contrasting position to this time 12-month ago when in the relegation zone and having won just once in 18-matches!

Sami Hyypia moved on with Chris Hughton eventually coming in and (on the whole) Brighton haven’t looked back with this season (so far) beyond most people’s wildest dreams.

As Albion prepare to do battle with Middlesbrough, of course the only side ahead of them in the Championship, summer signing from Sheffield United Murphy has sung the praises of Hughton crediting his (and the other coaching staff’s) impact with the turnaround at the Amex Stadium, telling Sky Sports.

‘He has a lot to do with it. They didn’t have a great start last season but the manager came in, kept the club in the league and has built from there. He has brought in the right staff and got the right people at the club. He’s always wanting you to improve and he’s very honest and open about the way he is thinking if you are playing, not playing and what the team is going to do.

‘It’s good to have a manager that you know is going to be straight with you and who gets on with the boys. Nathan Jones and Colin Calderwood are great coaches as well, so that also helps.’

Brighton might be unbeaten in 21-matches this season, having won 11 of those and obviously drawn the rest with only the mighty PSG in France (from the top European leagues) able to claim a similar unbeaten start at this point.

Murphy insists ‘other teams probably think about it more’ than Albion do with it ‘not something that has been spoken about in the changing room’ as the mentality and thought process is always the same.

On a personal note the Scottish forward feels he’s settled well into life in the Championship and is enjoying his time with Brighton with him keen to see Albion retain their lofty status, adding.

‘I feel like I have settled in well. The boys are great, I’m enjoying my football and have been playing, which is the most important thing. Hopefully I can keep contributing to the team.

‘It’s obviously a bit different to League One. There are real quality players in the Championship so it’s a bit faster and the tempo is a bit higher. There are players in this team who could definitely play higher. It’s great that we have them at Brighton at the moment and hopefully they stay.’

A win over Middlesbrough, who are in fine form under Aitor Karanka this season and particularly in recent weeks, at lunchtime would not only retain that unbeaten record into Christmas it would also take Brighton top of the table again having lost top spot to Boro in midweek when they won against Burnley and QPR pegged back Albion.

Murphy finished by talking about this game and the others that have been played recently, which were equally as tough.

‘They are a good side. It’s a game that we have been looking forward to. It’s been a tough week with Derby, QPR and now Middlesbrough so if we can get the win that would round it off well.’

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