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2 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk says the side can take inspiration from the progress of other recently newly-promoted clubs heading into their debut Premier League season.
Dunk says the achievements of the likes Burnley, Watford and Bournemouth, in particular, can give the squad belief that they can establish themselves in the Premier League.
He said, “You look at those teams and when they first went up, they were similar to us with a similar set of players. Hopefully we can use them as an example and do what they’ve done.
“When you see Bournemouth finished ninth in the league last season, it gives you confidence. Hopefully we can emulate them, push on and do that.
“The top six or seven teams are the ones that are always going to be up there, and the rest are going to be challenging to stay in the league. It’s like a mini league and we can be at the top of that.”
The Seagulls centre-back says that Premier League football became a reality when the new fixtures were released, starting with the mouth-watering visit of Manchester City to the Amex.
“It sunk in when the fixtures came; everyone was looking forward to seeing who we were going to play, and we’ve got a massive first game of the season.
“I think any one of the top six sides would make a great first game, especially at home. I’m looking forward to it.
“Everyone wants to play against the very best players in the world and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

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