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DUNK DELIGHTED WITH DEFENSIVE STRENGTH

5 May 2017

The Albion defender commented on the side's fine performances at the back this season.





Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk heaped praise on his central defensive partners at the club, after an impressive defensive record helped the Seagulls secure promotion to the Premier League this season.


Chris Hughton’s team head into Sunday’s game against Aston Villa with 21 clean sheets to their name, and Dunk commented on the contribution of his fellow centre-halves Shane Duffy, Connor Goldson and Uwe Huenemeier.

He said, ”We clicked as soon as he [Shane Duffy] came in. It took us a few games to get used to each other because we hadn't played together before, but once those few games were out of the way, I think we fed off each other really well.

"We know each other's games inside out. What my weaknesses are, he's good at, and what his weaknesses are, I’m good at. So we bounce off each other and it's a pleasure to play with him."

"I'm close to Connor [Goldson] and I couldn't believe it when he told me [about his heart condition]. I was in the hotel with him and it was a massive shock. He’s completed his first jog and I was so proud to see him back out there.

"I can't wait for him to be back and available for selection. It will be amazing for him and a massive relief.”

"He's done unbelievably [Uwe Huenemeier]. He sat on the sidelines for so long, waiting for his opportunity. He works so hard in training every day. To be ready, like he has been, was unbelievable and he's been amazing for us.”




Dunk has made 42 appearances for the Seagulls this season, proving an integral part of the club’s promotion-winning side, and the 25-year-old thanked a former club captain, before speaking about his future intentions.

"There's been so many [influences], especially Gordon Greer being captain and playing alongside him for such a long time. He helped me when I was younger, so he was a massive help and there’s been plenty of others too.

"It would be lovely to be the club captain, especially being local. It would be massive for me one day and hopefully I can do it."

“Also, when you're a little kid, you want to play in the Premier League and you want to play for England.

“Hopefully I can show what I can do in the Premier League and follow in Michael Keane's footsteps and get the call-up like he did.”



Victory for the Seagulls at Villa Park will secure the Sky Bet Championship title, and with one last chance to end the season as champions, Dunk reflected on his own personal highlight from this campaign.

"The final whistle on the Monday [v Wigan], the day we got promoted, the fans running on the pitch and mobbing us, that whole day and night was something I'll never forget for the rest of my life.

"We got the train into Brighton with the fans and intergrated with them. We made it a big day for them and us.

"That's the way this club has always been, it's a community club and I think it was really fitting for us to do that, instead of just going off and doing it on our own.

"We took time out and spent it with the fans; we loved it, they loved it, so what more could you ask for?”

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