Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk believes that the side’s first-half performance against Burnley was one of their most impressive of the Premier League campaign so far.
The Seagulls played out a 0-0 draw with the Clarets on Saturday at the Amex Stadium, with Glenn Murray missing a penalty and Anthony Knockaert striking the post in a first period the home side dominated.
He saId: "I think we were dominant in our first-half performance and it’s one of the best we've played all season.
“But we couldn’t find a breakthrough in the second half and I think that’s cost us the win this afternoon.
“We know the side Burnley are - they fight the whole 90 minutes and it got hard in the second half.
“A point's a point, but it would've been nice to get the three at home.”
Sean Dyche’s men came into the contest on the south coast having recorded back-to-back victories against both Watford and stoke City, which had left them look up at the European places rather than over their shoulders in the division.
The Albion defender emphasises that he and his teammates knew what they’d be up against, and that the first goal would have been crucial to the game’s outcome.
"Burnley are an aggressive team, they get forward, and they pin you in.
“They got the upper hand at the start of the second half and we couldn't get out as much as we did in the first.
"They key thing in this game was to get that important goal to give us a lead in the first half. We had some chances – the penalty being the obvious and biggest one.”
Hughton’s men picked up their first points in three matches with the draw against Dyche’s men, but Dunk insisted that the team spirit has never wavered despite a tough run of results.
"We're confident and we always will be.
“We're going to keep on fighting and this bad run will end.
“The performance was much better than our previous few, but sadly the result wasn't what we wanted."