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10 September 2016

Tomer Hemed believes English football has improved his game

Tomer Hemed believes his first season with Brighton & Hove Albion has benefited him on the international stage.


The 29-year-old striker featured for Israel alongside Albion team-mate Beram Kayal during the international break and is now targeting a place in Chris Hughton’s starting line-up this weekend against Brentford.


He said, “The Championship is a very tough league and after playing here for one year, I think it’s prepared me for playing against very tough defences.


“Many people said myself and Beram played very well against Italy and I think the experience we’ve had here in England has helped us feel comfortable against teams like Italy.


“I got an assist in the game and played against a very tough defender. I’m happy with my game and believe I helped my team to create chances.


“It was nice to go and play for the national team. I’m always proud to play for my country. It was a tough game against one of the best teams in the world.”


Sam Baldock is suspended for this weekend’s game against the Bees, and Hemed is keen to take his chance in attack when returning to league action.


“I haven’t played in the starting XI in the last two games and I hope this week I’ll return to the starting line-up.


“I want to help the team get back to winning ways. We want the three points and to keep moving forward with good football and good results.


“It’s a little bit different when playing with Glenn [Murray] or Sam because they’re different styles of player.


“I don’t feel like my game changes too much, but maybe there are small things that I need to change because of the differences between them.”


Last season’s top goalscorer isn’t overly concerned by Albion’s recent defeat to Newcastle United, but highlighted the importance of bouncing back quickly against Brentford.


“If we look at last season, we started very well and didn’t lose for a long time, and although it’s happened earlier this season, we don’t need to worry too much about it.


“We played against one of the best teams in the league. We can lose sometimes, it’s normal, but we have to think about why we lost the game and do better next time.


“We’ll be ready for the next game and I’m sure if we play our normal game, it will be good enough to win the game.”

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