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15 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross in action against Newcastle United at the Amex.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross has been satisfied with the side’s start to the season, and expressed his pride at scoring the club’s first goal in the Premier League.

The German has featured in every league game for the Seagulls so far, hitting the back of the net twice, including the historic strike against West Bromwich Albion, and he assessed Albion’s first seven games.

He said, “We haven’t started too badly. We had difficult games at the beginning, with Man City and Leicester away, but after that we’ve improved and have played better.

“We could’ve done better in the Watford and Bournemouth games, but we did a good job in those games and we have to continue like this.

“For me, it’s been very good and I’m very confident. When you come to a new club, it’s always good to get the first goal and first assist, so that has made me very happy.”

Gross highlighted the importance of arriving early from FC Ingolstadt 04 this summer, which enabled him to get to know his team-mates, throughout a long, hard pre-season schedule.

“I had the whole summer and pre-season to train with them [his team-mates] and that was very important for me.

“I knew it was more physical in England compared to Germany, and the referees don’t blow their whistles as often here.

“You have to get used to it and I had to change my game a little bit, but I have improved along with the team, which is good.”

Gross also spoke about his versatility and work ethic in midfield areas, before looking ahead to today’s match against Ronald Koeman’s Everton at the Amex.

“I can play number ten or number eight. It’s a little bit different when you play as a number ten because you are closer to the box and can shoot, whereas when you’re a number eight, you can play the long balls and switch play.

“In Germany, running was one of my strengths. I have a lot of energy and I’m a player who can score goals and make assists. When the other team have the ball, I want to defend with my team to get the ball back.

“We’re very good at the moment, and strong at home, but Everton are also a very good team.

“They didn’t start how they wanted to and they bought a lot of good players, but we’re playing at home, so we want to take the three points at the Amex.”

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