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2 January 2017

Albion's assistant manager compared the togetherness within the squad to the Wales team.

Brighton & Hove Albion assistant manager Paul Trollope believes the team spirit of this season’s squad is similar to that of the Wales team that reached the semi finals of the 2016 European Championships last summer.

Trollope was part of the coaching staff that assisted Wales boss Chris Coleman in France, and he thinks Albion’s current playing squad carry the same feeling of togetherness that served the Welshmen so well.

He said, “It was a great experience. It was great group of players with a great spirit, and certainly in my time being here, I’ve seen that in this group.

“Every successful team has a good spirit. Togetherness is a big word here and you can see that strength of character.

“It was a big thing for Wales in the summer, they obviously have quality players but it was underpinned with a great team spirit and camaraderie.

“As a coach, it was a great learning experience as well. You’re always trying to learn and improve, and I certainly tried doing that throughout the summer.”

The 44-year-old has been impressed with Albion’s reaction to last season’s disappointment of coming so close to promotion, and highlighted the sense of determination throughout the club.

“They were so unfortunate to miss out last season, and looking from the outside, 99 times out of 100 the team would have been promoted.

“Bouncing back from that situation has been a huge positive for everyone, the summer recruitment was very good and added to the strength.

“There’s a depth to the group that everyone can see, and there’s great competition for places. It’s a great place to be and it’s testament to the work that’s gone on over the last few years.

“Everyone wants to work in a successful environment and this feels like one of those places at the moment. I see a determination in everyone that we’re going to maintain levels through the second half of the season.”

The Seagulls take on Fulham at Craven Cottage this afternoon, and Trollope touched upon his time playing for the Cottagers, before turning his focus to continuing Albion’s impressive form.

“I spent four or five years there [Fulham], in the rise up through the divisions, it was great place to be at the time and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

“In the end, the spending overtook me as a player and I fell down the pecking order. But I had some great memories there and it’s always nice to go back to one of your former clubs.

“As soon as the game was called off [v Cardiff], we turned all of our attention to that game [Fulham] and making sure we made the most of the two days of training leading into it.

“We need to prepare thoroughly and be ready for it, because it’s going to be a tough test.”

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