Liam Rosenior hailed Brighton & Hove Albion’s team spirit as the side extended its unbeaten start to 14 league games.
Albion put in a superb rearguard action to earn a share of the spoils at Reading and the utility defender played his part, having switched to left-back.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “All in all I think it was a very good point. To be fair to Reading, they were the best team we’ve played this season; they have a lot of very good attacking players, the likes of [Nick] Blackman and [Matej]Vydra, and they are going to cause teams a lot of problems.
“But I thought we stood up to that really well. You could see people putting blocks in today, headers off the line, headers hitting the post, all types of things. We’re all willing to put our bodies on the line to help each other and if you want to be successful and you want promotion, then that’s what it takes.
“We’re a brilliant, tight-knit group. I’m not just talking about the players; you see the camaraderie among the coaching staff: Nathan, Colin, the manager, we all get on really well. You need that and you need to want to work for each other.
“All credit must go to the manager; he’s in the hotseat, he makes the decisions in terms of recruitment and the way we want to play, and he’s got the balance spot on so far.
"He’s a very passionate man, he’s very driven and he wants success for everyone in terms of promotion and being successful. With him at the helm we’re going to be successful more times than not."
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Albion had to settle for a point after Matej Vydra cancelled out an excellent team goal, which Jamie Murphy netted following a superb sweeping cross from Tomer Hemed – who Rosenior singled out for praise.
“It was a fantastic goal,” he added. “If Barcelona had scored it people would be raving about it. A lot is said about Championship football but there are a lot of good teams, a lot of good players, and I think our goal is up there as one of the best team onrd this season.
“Tomer’s attitude and his way of playing sums up everyone in this team at the moment. It’s all about the team and Tomer and Sam Baldock work so hard, and are one of the main reasons why we remain unbeaten.
"It’s not just about scoring goals when you’re a striker; Tomer causes centre-halves all sorts of problems with his strength and his pace. Regardless of whether he scores or not, the most important thing is that we keep getting positive results.”
Attentions now turn to Tuesday’s tough game at Sheffield Wednesday, against an Owls team that have picked up three successive victories.
“Sheffield Wednesday are on a roll but so are we. We’re 14 unbeaten, so it’s going to be a very good game. They had a great win against Arsenal; they won again today, but we’re confident that we can go there and get a positive result.”
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