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DUNK: A POINT GAINED

29 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk surges out of defence at the Amex.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk believes that Tuesday’s draw with Crystal Palace represents a point gained rather than two points dropped.

The Seagulls’ central defender insisted that Albion’s 0-0 stalemate with the Eagles sealed what should be classed as a valuable draw, rather than wondering what might have been after an even and cagey contest. 

He said: “A point in this league is massive, so now we have to move on to Saturday and try and pick up more against Liverpool.

“It’s always points gained, not dropped, in the Premier League. We have to keep working hard and get the most out of each game from the first minute to the last. As a team we know that’s important and that’s what we’ve always tried to do so far this season.

“We had a lot of set-pieces in the second half too, which we could have capitalised on, but they just didn’t fall for us at the right times, so we’ll go away and work on those before the weekend.”

Chris Hughton’s men had chances throughout the contest under the lights at the Amex but couldn’t find the decisive goal needed to break the deadlock, and the defender admitted that the team didn’t do enough at the top end of the field.

“A draw was a fair result and maybe both sides would have been frustrated with the way they played.

“At times we seemed to frustrate each other, and when we got into the final third we got a bit sloppy - so in the end it’s a fair result. 

At the other end, Mathew Ryan pulled off a fine double stop in the opening period and Dunk was keen to praise the ability of the Australian, as well as highlighting the importance of approaching last night's game like any other.

“Maty’s great to have behind the defence and it was a great double save in the first half.

“I think we had to approach it just as a normal game, we couldn’t let the emotion of the occasion affect us out on the pitch - that’s what the manager said to us. I think we did that but we’re just a bit frustrated.”


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