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Propper: We’ll stick to our principles

Davy Propper says Albion won’t differ from their distinctive style of possession play ahead of this weekend’s trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

By Alex Stedman • 06 November 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Davy Propper in action against Norwich City at the Amex.

The Seagulls go into the game with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side on the back of two home wins over Everton and Norwich City, and the Netherlands international spoke about the importance of maintaining the same approach when the side head to the north west on Sunday afternoon.

He said, “We feel good at the moment after the last two victories, but Manchester United are a big side who will always give you a difficult game.

“They’re a great side and we have to play our own game, even going to Old Trafford we have to stick to our style and we’ll do that because we are confident.

“It’s shown recently that we can cause teams problems, the table now is probably a fairer reflection of where we deserve to be. We stuck to the ideas and it’s paying off, so hopefully we can keep climbing.”

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Graham Potter’s side currently sit eighth in the Premier League following two wins from their last three contests, but Propper warned against getting carried away ahead of the game with the Red Devils and also reflected on the ever-present partnership between himself and Dale Stephens.

“We’re in a nice position in the table but it’s quite early to be looking into that too much,” the midfielder continued.

“It’s a tight league and we have to keep winning our matches. We’re in good form at home and that’s important in this division. We’ve been saying for most of the season that we have been playing well and not getting the results, but now we’re starting to do that.

“That gives us even more confidence across the side and I think other teams will now start to pick up on that. Dale and I have a good understanding - we’ve been playing alongside one another in midfield for nearly three years now.

“We’re learning under the new head coach all the time and we’re well aware of the qualities we both have. We suit one another very well and most of the time we have an intelligence and understanding of where each of us is going to be.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Davy Propper and Maty Ryan after the victory over Norwich City.

Last time out against the Canaries, second-half goals from Leandro Trossard and Shane Duffy sealed three points for the Seagulls, and the 28-year-old reflected on an afternoon where Albion showed patience to get the win.

“We tried to keep control of the game and around 15 minutes before the break I think we began to play better and get into our rhythm.

“After half-time we had to wait and be patient, we were getting into good areas, but not shooting because sometimes you have to wait for the right moment to do that.

“Sometimes the crowd want a shot, but we kept going well and we got our reward. It felt like the goal was coming and we knew we were in control.”

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