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29 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Tomer Hemed at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed highlighted his determination to give everything to help his team-mates secure victories in the Premier League, and thanked the club’s supporters for their consistent backing.

The Seagulls travel to St James’ Park tomorrow afternoon, a second away trip in five days, and Hemed showed his appreciation for Albion’s travelling support, and stressed the importance of working hard for the team.

He said, “I feel the love from the fans and the support. I always said that my job is to score, but if I’m not scoring goals then I need to help the team in other ways.

“If you aren’t scoring it doesn’t mean that you can’t help. I always give my best, 100 per cent. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes not so well.

“If you give everything then all the players here know the results are coming, and that’s when you get support and love from the outside.”

Hemed has started back-to-back games for Chris Hughton’s team, most recently leading the line against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and the Israeli commented on the busy festive period in England.

“It’s a nice experience because in Spain it’s not like that. We used to rest on those days, but here there’s maybe two weeks with a lot of games.

“It’s an amazing experience. The family came over and watched the games and enjoyed the atmosphere. It’s an amazing moment.

“It was a hard game against one of the biggest teams. We believed before that we could get something, but it wasn’t to be.

“The difference between the levels of the teams - you can see the difference. You can make one mistake and lose the game.

“But we can take a lot of good things from the game. Now it’s a different story against Newcastle. It’s a different game and we have to do our job and take the points.”

Rafa Benitez’s team have lost five consecutive games at St James’ Park and will be looking to turn their form around against the Seagulls, but Hemed insisted the team will do everything to be ready for two important fixtures.

“We know that for them it’s a tough period. They need the points and want to win every game, but we can’t think about their situation.

“We need to look at ourselves and concentrate on our preparation for the game. We’re going to play Saturday, then Monday, and it’s not going to be easy.

“The next few games have big meaning for us. It will affect the next few months. We have to be ready for the games and make sure we are 100 per cent for every game.

“I’m sure we’ll do everything we can to win on Saturday, and after that we will get ready for Monday against Bournemouth.”

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