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ROSENIOR SATISFIED WITH START TO SEASON

9 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Liam Rosenior

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior feels the team can be satisfied with their start to the season, in the quest for Premier League survival.

Rosenior believes Albion have adjusted well to the step up in quality, and also hailed the performances of Lewis Dunk and Solly March.

He said, “I think we’re on par. If you look at what our ultimate aim is for the season, it’s to stay up.

“If we achieve our Premier League status for this time next season, I think everyone would say it’s a decent season. In order to do that, I think you need to average around a point a game, and that’s where we are at the moment.

“We’ve played some very good teams, and most of them are in top half of the table.

“We’ve acquitted ourselves really well in every game and had outstanding performances, especially from some of the younger players in the squad, from Lewis Dunk and Solly March.

“Dunky has been outstanding; I’ve said numerous times that he can go on to do anything he wants in his career, and the same with Solly.

“To see them both play at Arsenal and against Man City, and produce the performances they have, gives me so much gratification.”

Despite the primary aim of Premier League survival, the experienced defender stressed the importance of having confidence to compete in the top flight.

“If you don’t expect to win every game in any competition you play, you shouldn’t be doing this job.

“Whether you’re playing against Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham or Chelsea, I’m expecting us to try and win the game. If you don’t have that mindset of feeling you belong there, then there’s no point turning up on the Saturday.

“That’s something which the senior players are trying to instil in the lads. We want to enjoy it, but we want to be competitive and enjoy winning football matches, which is what we’re paid to do.”
 
The Albion defender looked ahead to the next game against Everton at the Amex, and explained how the Toffees’ poor form will count for little next Sunday.

“It’s going to be a hard game, regardless of their form, because they’ve got top players and ones that have played at the highest level.

“With the amount of money that they’ve spent on recruitment, it’s not going to be an easy task, but at the same time, we can compete with any team at home.

“We’ve got to be on the front foot and be ready to go and take three points.”


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