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BONG: WE BRING DIFFERENT QUALITIES IN DEFENCE

14 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Gaetan Bong speaks with Lewis Dunk during a training session.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong believes the team’s defensive department has performed to a high standard for a sustained period of time, and thinks each player brings a different quality to the table.

Bong has helped the Seagulls claim two clean sheets from their last four games, and almost a third against Everton, and the Cameroonian praised his defensive partners for bringing stability and variety to the team.

He said, “I’ve played more than two years with Dunky and one with Shane. The back four for the last three games, including Bruno, we’ve had since the start of last season.

“They get more attention now because we’re playing in the Premier League, but they’re doing the same things they were doing in the Championship.

“Everyone gives their best to play at the highest level. It helps the team when you have two central defenders who are solid, strong and clear everything in the air.

“Sometimes at the end of the game when you’re tired, Shane Duffy comes forward with his head and boom! It gives us stability and everyone brings something different.

“From the right side, Bruno is technical, you then have the two big men, who are strong, and I just try to make myself hard to beat on the left.”

The 29-year-old touched upon the hard work required to win games in the Premier League, and backed manager Chris Hughton, who has led the Seagulls to eighth in the top flight after 11 games.

“We’ve come up from the Championship and we’re doing well. We’re strong defensively and keeping clean sheets is important in this league.

“You play against great players and everyone can score. We worked hard against Swansea to get the three points, and every game is like that.

“Sometimes you need to make a choice - you either work hard to take three points, or you open up a little bit more and you can lose the game.

“We have a very good manager and we know what he wants, which is very important."


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