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BONG PLEASED WITH WINNING RETURN

5 April 2017

The Albion full-back was happy to return to first-team action.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong was delighted to return back to action in last night’s 3-1 victory over Birmingham City, and is eager to play a key role in the side’s final push for promotion.

The Cameroonian made his first appearance since featuring in the 2-1 win at Fulham back in January, after a knee injury kept him out of the team.

He said, “I am very happy to be back with the guys. It’s been a long time, but I’m happy to be here.

“It’s always hard to see the guys playing without you and everyone knows I want to be involved. But I was there inside the dressing room speaking with the boys just trying to bring something else.

“Now I am just happy to be back, able to fight with everyone and finish this road to promotion.”

Bong emphasised the greater strength in depth amongst the squad this season compared to last, and how the prospect of playing in the Premier League is such a massive motivation for the whole squad.

“We were there fighting hard last year, but what didn’t help us was that we had a few injuries towards the end of the season.

“This year we have brought in some more players just in case we have injuries. Poco [Sebastien Pocognoli] came in and he played well while I was out.

“I'm back now and want to keep going. We have a good team, everyone wants to give everything to be in the Premier League and we’re doing everything to get there.

“I think it is the best league in the world. I have played in different countries and in the Champions League and World Cup too, but I’ve always wanted to play in the Premier League.

“This was the main ambition when I arrived here. We have the stadium and training ground to compete there, but we need to get there with our results on the pitch. We are doing it at the moment.”

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