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HEMED: IT'S TIME TO USE OUR EXPERIENCE

14 April 2017

The Israeli forward touched on the togetherness of Albion's squad.


Brighton & Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed has called for his team-mates to draw upon their experience during the last five games of the season, and believes the team must stick to what they know best during the promotion run-in.
 
The Seagulls can move one step closer to promotion with victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux today, and Hemed believes the unity within Albion’s squad will be immensely important.
 
He said, “Now is the time to use our experience. We have many players with good experience at this level and everyone needs to bring that now.
 
“We need the younger players to stay focused and not change anything over the next five games. We’re a good group that care about each other, and we’ll stay together until the end.
 
“We need to think game by game. All of us know the situation and where we’re standing right now, but we need remain focused, continue doing what we’ve done until now and change nothing.
 
“In the last few games, we’ve found a way to win games. Sometimes it’s not the best football, but in the end we get the results and that’s the most important thing.”
 
After coming close to reaching the Premier League last season, Hemed expressed his desire to achieve promotion for the club’s supporters, and thanked them for their unconditional backing over the past two seasons.
 
“The supporters deserve to be there [Premier League]. We’ve seen how they support the team and they give us a push at the right moment.
 
“It was difficult for us last season because we saw how disappointed the fans were, but they were also proud of us. This season is our chance to give something back to them.
 
“After last season, we felt how the whole city was behind us. From the start of this season, we knew we had the chance to give them that feeling again.
 
“I’m happy that all of the city are behind us, waiting for that moment [promotion], but we can’t let it affect us. There are still five games to go and we need to just think about the next one.”
 
Hemed has made 32 league appearances for the Seagulls this season, with 15 of them coming off the bench, and the striker, who’s scored 11 league goals this campaign, praised the quality of Albion’s promotion-chasing squad.
 
“We have a better and bigger squad this season. If you look at the players coming from the bench, they always give the gaffer the opportunity to use and trust everyone.
 
“It’s important that we’re a very strong group. The experience from last season has given us more power and made us more focused during this part of the season.
 
“I was the top goalscorer last season, but this season I’ve come off the bench many times. That shows how strong the team has been this season.
 
“Whether I start or come off the bench, I always try and do my best for the team. I’m happy that I’m back in the starting 11 and I’ll help the team as much as I can to get the points.”

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