Glenn Murray has welcomed Albion’s two new forwards – and suggested he could play with either of them.

The in-form striker, with goals in his last two games, believes he is not as similar to Leo Ulloa as some make out.

He could see the two of them up top together if boss Chris Hughton decided they needed to pose an aerial threat at some stage.

And he is excited by the little he has seen of the rehabbing Jurgen Locadia after the Dutch frontrunner completed his January move from PSV while recovering from a hamstring problem.

Albion are aiming for a first Premier League double as they prepare to host West Ham tomorrow.

They do so on the back of a point at Southampton which Murray suspected would feel better the day after the game than it did as Mike Dean blew for full-time.

Who starts up front against the Hammers will be intriguing. Murray or Ulloa?

The Argus:

Leo Ulloa replaces Glenn Murray at Southampton

Does Pascal Gross remain behind the front man after showing his ability to get into spaces early on at St Mary’s, albeit without end product?

That latter would seem likely.

What few turning up at the Amex will expect is a double-headed strikeforce of both of the big centre-forwards.

But Murray, enjoying his second spell at Albion, believes he can form a double-act with the returning Ulloa if needed.

Even if it is at a later stage in a game rather than from kick-off.

He told The Argus: “We have brought in some quality, extra bodies, different options and it can all just aid the club and help us try and stay in the Premier League.

“I think maybe to the untrained eye Leo and I are quite similar.

“But Leo has got qualities that I haven’t got and vice versa and, you know what, if it comes to it and he (Hughton) puts us both on, I think you’ve got some good aerial ability in the box.

“We have only seen little bits of Jurgen, not too much. He is still in the rehab process.

“He looks sharp, he looks hungry, he looks exciting.

“Sometimes that is what you need, a spark.”

Murray’s spot-kick coolness ensured Albion did not set an unwanted club record.

They had gone six away league games without scoring before Wednesday, one short of the club’s all-time worst.

The chances of equalling the seven-game away droughts they have suffered three times since their formation in 1901 was ended nice and early after Solly March was clipped in the penalty area.

Murray sent his former Crystal Palace colleague Alex McCarthy the wrong way to open the scoring.

It is a long time since they spent pre-season working together at Palace.

Their paths parted after two games in the same team when Murray joined Bournemouth.

So some more recent inside information helped Murray make the penalty conversion look easy as he completed his own home-and-away double against Saints.

The Argus:

Glenn Murray scores at Southampton

Asked if he remembered taking spot-kicks against McCarthy, he said: “It’s too long ago now.

“But we do our homework. We’ve got the iPad and it’s an option to watch all the opposition players and what they are strong at, what they are not strong at.

“One thing I tend to do is sit down and watch what the goalkeeper tends to do. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t. This time I think it did.”

A so-called “must-win” game for Southampton ended in spoils being shared.

The home side remained in the drop zone and were booed off at half-time and, a bit less vehemently, at the end.

Many Albion fans talk about “must-win” matches. The Southampton trip was viewed one of them by some. West Ham at home may well be another.

The nagging suspicion in most minds is that the Seagulls need to open a buffer going into their very tough looking end-of-term run-in.

At the same time, Albion are everyone else’s “must-win” game.

They saw that from how fired up home teams and fans were at Huddersfield and West Brom – though the Saints crowd seemed strangely subdued in comparison.

And arguably they saw it the night Rafa Benitez picked a Newcastle side to face Manchester City seemingly with the following match against Albion in mind.

Murray was a bit disappointed as he spoke by the team bus not long after Wednesday’s draw.

But he could also see how they had denied Southampton the spoils in a match the hosts would have felt was a great chance for three points.

He said: “Away from home, any point is good in the Premier League.

“I’ve read that we have one of the best away records for teams near the bottom.

“We need to maintain that and we did and now we’ve got to build on our home form.

“People will be talking about us as well. You have got to think about what they are saying in the other camp.

“They will be saying ‘We’ve got to beat Brighton at home’ and they didn’t do it. It is a step in the right direction.

“When we play teams around us, people will look towards possibly the Swansea game at home and think we have got to win that.

“When we go away, the home team will say ‘We’ve got to beat Brighton’.

“We are sort of down there, we are a relegation candidate.

“We have got to be realistic about the situation and I think that is what other camps will be saying about us.”

Funny he should mention Swansea. They have done the other strugglers no good at all with recent wins at home to Liverpool and Arsenal.

The look on Murray’s face when that was mentioned said it all and the reply sounded a bit like: “Tssk!”

And then there was Bournemouth, winning 3-0 at Chelsea to go soaring into the distance.

The unpredictable results took a long time coming this season but there have been a few of late.

“We have got to take it on the chin,” said Murray, himself a match-winner for the Cherries at Stamford Bridge in the past.

“Hopefully we pick up results against top six teams.

“Anything can happen. It will be a topsy-turvy ride and hopefully an enjoyable one.”