Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross believes that the side’s start to the season must be maintained for the campaign to be classed as a successful one.
The Seagulls sit eighth after 11 matches of their first ever Premier League season, but the German – who arrived from Ingolstadt during the summer, insisted that he and his teammates must continue with their application and work-rate for the remaining 27 games.
He said, “It’s a long season and at the moment we’ve done very well up until this point, but once we’ve achieved this form another three times then we can be happy.
“I signed here early on in the summer to make sure I could get a full pre-season behind me, because I wanted to hit the ground running when we started the Premier League campaign.
“I am the type of person who likes to know what will be happening in advance – in football sometimes you don’t know what the future holds so it was good for me to be able to have it all finalised early.
“I wanted to make my experience in England as successful as possible because it was a dream to play in this division – making an early decision if you can is always a positive thing."
Gross arrived at the Amex Stadium in May and revealed that the buoyant mood around the club following the promotion at the end of the previous campaign was a big factor in his decision to move to the south coast.
“It’s always good to be coming into a winning team because all the fans are very positive and they’ve earned the praise and support in previous years.
“It’s also a great experience for me to be able to live in another country and learn another language – that’s helping grow both me as a player and as a person too.
“I like living in the city, there are many parks where I can walk my dog – who’s a Labrador, and to be close to the seafront is nice as well – some people come here for holidays and I can be here all of the time.
Much has been made of the side’s defensive solidity on the Seagulls’ debut season in the top flight, and the summer arrival believes that Albion’s organisation from back to front has been key in their good start to the season.
“You can see in the way we play that we have a strict plan and everyone knows their role, the manager tells us before every game what we need to do that’s specific to the game.
“We have to be at our best tomorrow night against Stoke because they have good players – but we are the same and in my opinion we should be confident.
“We always aim for a clean sheet and we know that if we can achieve that then we can always get something from the game.”