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DUNK FOCUSES ON THE POSITIVES

9 May 2017

The Albion defender insists Sunday's result hasn't diminished the achievement of gaining promotion.




Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk expressed his frustration after missing out the Sky Bet Championship title, but says it is nothing in comparison to the heartache of last year’s play-off exit at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.
 
Albion missed out on top spot by just a point, as Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa coupled with Newcastle United’s 3-0 victory over Barnsley sent the Magpies up as champions, but Dunk was keen to highlight the overall positive of gaining promotion.
 
He said, "I didn't realise before this game how tough I'd take not winning the league. Now that's happened it's devastating, but the whole summer last year, until we turned up for pre-season, I didn't get over it.
 
"It was such a near miss, missing out by one goal is ridiculous but this year we're looking forward to the Premier League, so what more do you want as a footballer? You're in the promised land, so we'll just look forward to that.
 
"We had the three chances to do it [win the title], but we gave our all and if it's not meant to be, it's not meant to be.
 
"To concede in the 89th minute against ten men, it just wasn't meant to be for us. We've just got to get over this little hurdle we've got, prepare for next year, come back flying and do the best we can in the Premier League.”



The 25-year-old is now looking forward to the occasion of Sunday’s parade and is relishing the prospect of representing the club in the Premier League this August.
 
"On Sunday, we've got to soak it up and appreciate all the fans who will turn out and give them praise.
 
“Hopefully it's going to be a great day, the disappointment has left us by then and we can enjoy it as much as the fans."
 
"It's going to be amazing [playing in the Premier League], I'm a local boy and walking out for my hometown club in the stadium is going to be a dream come true for me and for everyone.
 
"I can't wait for that moment and am just looking forward to it now. I hope it comes around very quickly.”

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