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GROSS: WE NEED TO SHOW OUR BATTLING QUALITIES

28 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross

Pascal Gross believes Brighton & Hove Albion will have to show their battling qualities when Crystal Palace visit the Amex on Tuesday night.
 
The German is expecting a different type of test when the Eagles head to the south coast compared to Saturday’s game at Old Trafford, and relishes the prospect of playing in the fixture.
 
He said, “Crystal Palace is a different game. They are bottom of the table and will fight for their lives.
 
“They need the points, and it’s a big game for both sets of fans. We will have to fight for every yard of the pitch before we can play football.
 
“We will have to fight to win the ball and keep the clean sheet before we can win the game.
 
“I have played in some derbies, but I don’t know if they are as big as Brighton v Palace. Ingolstadt is not the biggest club, and we had some derbies against Augsburg, but here it is a little bit more intense.”
 
Gross feels the squad can take plenty of positives from Saturday’s gutsy display against Manchester United, and commented on Albion’s impressive start to the season.
 
“We showed our quality in a big stadium and we have a lot of confidence from the game, even though we lost.
 
“We are Brighton and showed our quality in a game where they played with their best 11. We tried everything to create chances, and we showed that we are very good defensively too.
 
“It’s easier to play with self-confidence when you have some points in the bag and we are happy with the start, but we know it’s a long season and we need many more points.
 
“We have to fight in every game for every point or three points to achieve our goal at the end of the season.”
 
The 26-year-old will be able to count on the support of his dad at tonight’s game, who has attended every game to date.
 
“My dad has seen every game home and away. He came over and back for the Manchester United game and now he is flying back for Tuesday!
 
“My dad is not working anymore and has the time to travel. My mum and sister are still working though, so they find time when they can and try to make it possible to come.”
 
“But for Christmas all my family will come and celebrate with me.” 


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