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29 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Markus Suttner in action against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Markus Suttner believes his team-mates must take knowledge from what they’ve learned so far in the Premier League this season, ahead of their second meeting against Newcastle United this afternoon.

The Austrian played in Albion’s 1-0 victory over the Magpies at the Amex in September, and with the Seagulls now sitting 12th in the Premier League table, he stressed the importance of reflecting on their experiences so far.

He said, “We need to learn from the first half of the season. We had good games and bad games, also a few harsh lessons. We have to learn from the bad situations.

“We work hard on the pitch and that’s the way we have to be. If we ever think we’re doing enough, then we’ll lose, because you can learn every day.

“It wasn’t easy when we weren't winning, but we knew it would be a hard season for us and we have to fight until the last game.

“We’re still in a good position and nobody has lost the belief that we can stay up. We showed against Watford that we’re a good team and we can beat the teams around us.”

Suttner has started consecutive games for Chris Hughton’s team after two matches outside the matchday squad, and the 30-year-old is keen to continue improving and learning about English football.

“It was tough in the first few weeks, because it’s a different type of football, but things are getting better and better for me.

“It’s the best league in the world and it has the best individual players. We’ve done well this season and I’m happy to have been a part of it.

“I’ve learned that I can adapt to another league and system. You have to work hard and I know that’s what I do.

“There are a few players in the team with so much experience in English football, so if I ever had a question, I know I can ask them.”

Albion sit three points ahead of Rafa Benitez’s team in the league table, and Suttner is confident about getting a result at St James’ Park, and believes keeping a clean sheet is imperative.

“I think we can beat any team around us, but we’re playing away, so we have to look at ourselves and produce a performance. If we show our best, then we can win there.

“It was a good performance from us [v Newcastle at the Amex], we beat them 1-0 and we know that we can keep clean sheets.

“That’s the most important thing, keeping clean sheets. We don’t score so often but if we have a clean sheet, there’s a good feeling that we can do something going forward.”

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