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Dunk: We Have To Take The Positives

By Alex Stedman • 07 April 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk insisted that the side have to take positives from the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Solly March’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Steven Mounie before Davy Propper was shown a red card during the second period, as both sides had to settle for a point in an eventful game on the south coast.

He said, “We’re happy with a point in the end because we were a man down. We knew it would be tough from then on but we battled well until the end.

“We started the game very well and had a big chance inside the opening minute. 

“But they got on top after that and I don’t think we performed well enough in the end, so we have to take the point and move on now.”

The draw between the sides leaves both in similar positions with six games left to play of the campaign, but Dunk emphasised that until the Seagulls find themselves mathematically safe for next season, they must continue to focus on each contest.

“There was always going to be some tension during the game and the margins are tight at this stage of the season.

“There’s a lot of teams in a similar position to us who are fighting to stay in this league, we’re not there yet so we have to get ourselves over the line.

“All we can do is keep fighting until we’re safe then everyone will be happy.”

Five of Albion’s last seven matches are against teams occupying the top seven spots in the table, but the defender believes they cannot fear any opposition ahead of next weekend’s fixture against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. 

“The fixtures we have at the end of the season are against teams at the top of the league, so of course we want to get points as quickly as we can.

“If we don’t then we’ll be fighting in those games – just because of where they are in the league doesn’t mean that you can't take points off them. 

“We’ll give it our all – next week is a big game for the fans and because of the table it makes it bigger – but they all are now and all we can do prepare game by game and make sure we’re ready every week.”

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