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Brighton boss Chris Hughton backs Glenn Murray despite penalty miss

Glenn Murray will stay on penalty-taking duties for Brighton despite his Burnley miss last weekend.

Albion's top-scorer blazed a 36th-minute spot-kick high over the crossbar in a goalless draw which extended their winless run to seven matches.

But manager Chris Hughton will have no hesitation in putting Murray on the spot again when Watford visit the Amex on Saturday.

"Most things don't change. Whoever takes penalties on a regular basis is going to miss some," said Hughton.

"There are a few players who have an incredible record but even the best have missed penalties.

"I didn't need to speak to Glenn, there was nothing to say, and my faith in his penalty taking hasn't changed."

Burnley defender James Tarkowski, who fouled Murray for the penalty, has since been banned for three matches for an elbow on the striker later in the match.

Hughton took no satisfaction from the retrospective action but was frustrated that the incident was not spotted at the time.

Hughton, who lost striker Tomer Hemed to a retrospective ban earlier in the season, added: " When a player from the other team gets banned it's very much down to them, and it's going to affect them.

"It doesn't affect us, But what would have affected us is if it had been spotted at the time - then it is a penalty.

"We've been through it with Hemed, some players will get charged and some will get away with it.

"We felt at the time that that was harsh, but we had to get on with it."

Hughton also played down reports linking him with a January swoop for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.

"He's a very good player having a very good season," said Hughton.

"But he's not our player, and he's probably one of 100 names who could be thrown in who I would want if I could have them."

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