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BONG: ‘PLAY FIRST, FIGHT SECOND’ IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

10 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Gaetan Bong at the Liberty Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong highlighted the difference between Premier League and Championship football, as he pinpointed the attractive style of play in England’s top division.

The 29-year-old has helped Albion to two clean sheets in his four league appearances this season, and after getting his first taste of Premier League action, the full-back gave his thoughts on the division.

He said, “The players in the Premier League have a little more quality and speed. They don’t look to fight first and play after, they look to play and fight at the same time.

“The Championship is more fight first and then try to play, but in the Premier League you have to play, because if you’re not playing, you cannot do anything.

“Some Championship games can be hard, because it’s 90 minutes box to box and it’s harder physically, but the Premier League is harder mentally.”

After recovering from injury, the Cameroonian has slotted into Albion’s defence in recent weeks, and although Bong has made a positive start, he still believes there is more to come.

“Arsenal was my first game back and it was about getting that feeling back in my legs. Since then, I feel good and have tried to work hard with the boys.

“When you come back into the team, you just want to do the simple things right.

“I always give everything when I’m on the pitch, and I’m pleased that we’ve taken points from the last three games that I’ve played.

“I’m happy that I can help the team, but I still think I can do much better - I just need more confidence and more games, but everything is coming.

The Seagulls are yet to concede more than two goals in a Premier League game this season, and Bong commented on the team’s determination to build on solid, defensive foundations.

“You cannot attack so much in away games if you want to keep a clean sheet. You need to be focused in defence first, to keep the clean sheet and then score, just like we’ve done.

“I want to go forward more and bring more, but I’m doing what the gaffer wants me to do. He wants us to keep a clean sheet

“When it’s 0-0 you have to focus and be strong defensively, and then when you’re winning, maybe you can go forward more.”


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