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Glenn Murray chases Messi in goalscoring stakes

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CRYSTAL Palace striker Glenn Murray took his season's tally to 27 league goals on Tuesday night by grabbing the first strike in a 2-1 win over Bristol City.

The 29-year-old is now the second highest league goalscorer in the top two divisions of Europe's five best leagues – behind the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, and he has laughed off suggestions of a possible England call-up.

The national boss Roy Hodgson watched Palace thump Middlesbrough 4-1 last Saturday, during which Murray scored two goals in either half, but the hitman says there would be a few unhappy players if he were to pull on the Three Lions shirt.

"I'm sure there would be a few English Premier League strikers fuming if I got ahead of them, but I wouldn't be expecting to be either," he said.

"I wasn't aware [Hodgson] was watching until afterwards but I don't think it occurs to me as it's all about Wilfried Zaha.

"I think when Jay Bothroyd got called up, they might have been short of strikers or players in the Premier League not doing well.

"There are a lot similar to me with Championship strikers going up to the Premier League but the likes of Rickie Lambert and Grant Holt would be fuming.

"I think it's probably out of the question."

Murray has now scored 21 times at Selhurst Park this season, including two hat-tricks, but he got the ball rolling against Bristol City after 34 minutes, converting at the far post from Mile Jedinak's fantastic diagonal pass.

And Stephen Dobbie made it two with a sumptuous free-kick in the second half by bending the ball over the wall and into the top corner in front of the Holmesdale Stand.

"We deserved the three points and we just got down to business and we've done our job," said Murray. "I've just got to stay alive in the box and believe I'm going to score. Selhurst seems to be the place I'm scoring my goals.

"I've got one extra year [on my contract].

"I'm enjoying my football here, who wouldn't be? It's a great place to be and I want to stay."

The game started at a slow pace but Palace began to up the ante after 15 minutes and created the better chances.

Yannick Bolasie, playing against his former side, was booed by the small section of City supporters but he nearly grabbed a wonderful opener when a scissor-kick looped over goalkeeper Tom Heaton but crashed back off the crossbar.

But Murray converted first time from Jedinak's brilliant long pass to give Palace a deserved half-time lead.

Ian Holloway's men continued to attack the relegation-threatened side in front of the Holmesdale and substitute Dobbie made the game relatively safe when he curled home a brilliant free-kick from outside the box for his first Palace goal.

Julian Speroni still had to stay alert as he kept out Richard Foster's long range effort, while Kevin Phillips, who also came off the bench, nearly grabbed his third goal in three games but hit the crossbar.

With four minutes of stoppage time added on, Palace were comfortable up until the final kick of the game when a harmless cross was headed into his own net by Parr.

The full-back looked to caress the ball back to Speroni but the ball looped over the Argentine.

Glenn Murray chases Messi in goalscoring stakes


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