It was a sight that most Crystal Palace fans would have dreamt about; Glenn Murray notching his first Premier League goal for the Eagles after a lengthy injury lay-off.

After missing much of the season, Murray sent the Eagles' faithful into ecstasy and ensured his side would leave the Liberty Stadium with a share of the spoils after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Swansea.

It was only a few weeks ago that Murray was met with a standing ovation at Selhurst Park when he made his top tier bow against West Brom following nine months out with a ruptured cruciate ligament.

The 30-year-old has become a favourite at the South London club after scoring 31 goals last season, but missed the play-off final victory over Watford in May after landing awkwardly in the first-leg of the semi-final clash with arch rivals Brighton.

With Tony Pulis' side struggling for goals - having scored 18 before the match with Swansea - Murray's return to the squad couldn't have come at a better time.

If his ability was questioned before the match, he would have proved a few critics wrong with his perfect penalty after robbing Michel Vorm and being brought down by Chico Flores, who saw red.

'Scoring goals for Palace, Glenn Murray, Glenn Murray' echoed around the Liberty Stadium, and the former Carlisle United striker had announced his arrival in the Premier League.

What Murray lacks in technical ability, he certainly makes up for in commitment and sheer determination, and his return to the squad could have huge importance to Palace's fight against relegation.

Murray isn't your average Premier League striker, with his burly look and blacked-out boots making him look out-of-place on the field at the best of times.

But who cares about looks in the Premier League? Palace's goal machine is back and has the ability to keep the Eagles up with his goals.

With his return to match fitness imminent, who's to say he can't replicate Rickie Lambert's success story and stake a claim for a potential England call-up?

There's no better stage to do so than the Premier League and under Pulis' stewardship, Murray can make up for lost time and remind the Palace fans what they've been missing.

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