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DUNK PLEASED TO GET OFF THE MARK

31 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk challenges for the ball at Vicarage Road.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk highlighted the importance of the team getting their first Premier League point against Watford last weekend, and believes the division suits his style of football more than the Championship.



The Seagulls were held to a goalless draw at Vicarage Road, and despite not capitalising with a goal after the Hornets were reduced to ten men, Dunk felt his team-mates produced a positive performance to open their account.

He said, “It was massive for us, the minimum we needed, a point to get us off the mark. I thought we got into good positions but that final part just wasn't there.

“I’m disappointed that we didn't come away with three points, after they went down to ten men early, but I thought we played well and just couldn't kill them off in the final third.

“We’ve been there before [ten men] and you’re defending for your life. They had nine outfield players behind the ball, so it was hard to break them down.

“We got in some good positions, hit the post a couple of times and on another day they might have crept in.”

After starting all three of Albion’s Premier League fixtures so far, Dunk commented on the differences he has noticed since making the transition from England’s second tier.

“It’s a completely different game [in the Premier League] but I feel as though it suits me a little bit more.

“You get more time on the ball and I like have the ball at my feet. I’ll still do the dirty stuff defending, but they don’t pressure you as much until you get higher up the pitch.

“I’m trying my best in every game and I’ll continue doing that for the rest of the season.

“I’m here with Brighton, it’s unbelievable and I want to keep it going. We’ll fight until the very end and hopefully we’ll still be in this league next season.”

Summer recruits Markus Suttner and Mathew Ryan have also appeared in all three fixtures, joining Dunk, Bruno and Shane Duffy in a back five, and the 25-year-old believes the quintet can take confidence from their first clean sheet.

“With a new goalkeeper as well, we’re all still getting used to each other, so it’s obviously nice to get our first clean sheet on the board. Hopefully there are many more to come.

“Coming to a new team, embedding together and learning how we play, it takes time, but we’re now bouncing off each other.”


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