Liam Rosenior has been delighted with Brighton & Hove Albion’s unbeaten start to the season, but warned his team-mates that nothing has been accomplished yet, ahead of Sunday’s match with Burnley.
The Seagulls have gone 16 games unbeaten at the start of the season and the defender has challenged his team-mates to retain their consistency right until the end of the campaign.
He said, “If you can start a league and stay unbeaten for the first 16 games, then some might say it’s a really good achievement.
“But it’s not a good achievement for me because we’ve not done anything here yet. It’s a platform and a base for us to kick on for the rest of the season, and we’ve got to make sure we stay in that top group to give ourselves the best possible chance of finishing in the top two.
“We’re here to win and we all have that ambition. Every player here wants to play at the highest level regardless of whether you’re Solly [March] who’s 21 or Bruno who’s 35.
“Their dream is to play in the Premier League. Hopefully we can achieve that this year but we know it’s going to be difficult. We know we have to work hard day in, day out on the training pitch and in the games too.”
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The 30-year-old assessed the potential threat posed by Burnley and believes the club is operated in a very organised way.
“I’ve sat here four or five times this season and everyone asks ‘is this the biggest test of the season?’ Every game is the biggest test of the season.
“We’re just concentrating on another tough game against a team that was in the Premier League last season. I think the way they run the club is fantastic.
“They’ve been prudent, but then when they’ve needed to go and get quality in with the likes of Andre Gray and Joey Barton, they’ve gone and done it. It’s going to be a very difficult game on Sunday.”
Rosenior highlighted Burnley as one of the main clubs that will be pushing for promotion come the end of the season, but refused to rule out any team making a surge into the top six.
“There’s always one team that comes up from ninth or tenth position. I remember that Reading went on a fantastic run and I think they were 12th in January before they won promotion.
“The thing about this league is that it’s so competitive. If you can win two or three games, then all of a sudden you can move up four, five or six places.
“This season, Middlesbrough, Hull, Burnley, Derby and ourselves seem to be quite consistent so far. I can’t look outside of those clubs at the moment in terms of finishing in the top two, but saying that, you just never know. That’s why everyone loves this league.”
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