Beram Kayal says that Brighton & Hove Albion are prepared for a battle in their bid to stay in contention at the top end of the Sky Bet Championship table.
Albion dropped to third in the league following Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, but Kayal believes the Seagulls have what it takes to sustain a promotion challenge this season.
He said, “From the beginning of the season we have done well; we know it is going to be a long campaign and no one can remain top for every week of the season.
“We want to fight for the top; it’s going to be hard but we are ready to do that.
“We are still joint top and we need to keep doing what we have done to remain in a high position come the end of the season.
“We are a very strong team in every aspect; we will win and lose games together, but at this moment we are in a good position and we want to continue our success.”
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The Israeli international is eager for Albion to return to winning ways when Milton Keynes Dons visit the Amex this afternoon and urged his team-mates to rise to the occasion.
“If you look at the league, you can see how tough it is and the top six is always so tight every year.
“It’s a big challenge for us as players. We want to stay near the top; we have a good chance of doing that because we’re back at the Amex on Saturday and our fans want us to win again.
“In this division there are no easy and comfortable games and we respect MK Dons. We know how they play and it is going to be a challenge.
“We want to win the game because we have drawn a few recently, but we will be ready for the match. There is a lot of pressure from everywhere in football, from the fans, the club, and the media, but we need to thrive on the pressure.
“We are enjoying the pressure and the challenges we get every week; that’s why we are where we are in the league.”
The 27-year-old praised Albion’s strength in depth across the centre of midfield and feels he is developing a good understanding with Dale Stephens in particular.
“We have a lot of competition in the midfield with [Andrew] Crofts, [Rohan] Ince, and now Jake [Forster-Caskey].
“We all do our jobs in the game and me and Dale work really well together. When I attack he stays back for me and when he attacks I stay back for him.”