Pardew earns Murray plaudits

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Murray scored twice in Palace’s 3-1 win at West Ham, although he blotted his copybook by being sent off after picking up a second yellow card at Upton Park.

That means he will miss their trip to Southampton on Tuesday, but just being back around the first-team squad is something of an achievement for the 31-year-old.

He looked to be on his way out of the club under previous boss Neil Warnock, but has flourished since Pardew returned to the club and has since signed a new contract.

“The training ground is a good place to be,” he said.

“The lads are enjoying the sessions under the gaffer and working hard for him??and you can tell that when you see the performances and the results we are??getting as a group.

“Goals give a striker confidence and it was good after last week to get the??start today and to come out of the game with two goals gives me a nice feeling??but more importantly gives the club three important points.

“From a personal point of view I’m disappointed to get sent off, it was just a reaction and I think the referee was almost waiting to send me off after a few stupid fouls, I gave him that option and he took it.

“We spoke about it at half-time, ‘don’t make a challenge’ I was told and I managed not to outside the box but it was just a reaction inside the box unfortunately.

“He just said there’d been a few little fouls and he’d kept having to stop the game so he’d said: ‘no more’.”

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