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DUNK PRAISES ALBION'S RESOLVE

23 February 2017

The Albion defender commented on the mental strength within the squad.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk believes the side’s resolve has been the key ingredient in their push for promotion this season, as they prepare for a top-of-the-table clash with Reading on Saturday.
 
The 25-year-old explained that the number of times that the club has responded to setbacks is no coincidence, while he has also been delighted with his own form this season.
 
He said, “It’s one of the best squads I’ve been in for mental strength and we’ve proved that from the number of times we’ve come back from being down or drawing towards the end of games. We never stop fighting and we keep going until the end.
 
“The whole way through the season we just focus on the next game. That’s the only we you can approach things in this league. If you get too far ahead of yourself, you get left behind. The whole squad is just looking at the Reading game and focusing on that one.
 
“I think I’ve been much more consistent this year, made fewer mistakes and tried to keep focusing on that. I want to stay consistent until the end of the year.”

Albion head into Saturday’s Amex showdown with the Royals buoyed by the 2-0 victory at Barnsley, and Dunk felt the team got back to basics with a solid away performance.

“We’re coming into Saturday off the back of a good result against Barnsley, where I thought we got back to what we did best at the start of the season.
 
“It was an important result, especially after that little blip where we weren’t playing to the level we know we can, so it was good to get the three points and a clean sheet.
 
“We know how good Reading are, but if we get our game plan right and play at our best, we can beat anyone in this league.”
 
Dunk was speaking after the player signing session at the Amex on Tuesday, where he was joined by Shane Duffy, Dale Stephens and members of the women’s team to sign autographs and pose for pictures with young supporters.
 
“It was very enjoyable and brilliant to see so many young fans come to the stadium.
 
“Having Dale and Shane there was great. It was a good laugh and it was great to see all the fans."

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