Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News


24 September 2017

Paul Hazle
Lewis Dunk

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk believes his side’s last showing at the Amex Stadium against West Bromwich Albion has set the benchmark for the season.

Albion put in a superb display to run out 3-1 winners and Dunk is looking for more of the same at home this season, starting with Newcastle United this afternoon.
He said, “We need to make the Amex a fortress and somewhere people don’t want to come. Against West Bromwich Albion that was the best we’ve played in a long time, even going back to last year, and in the first half we were unbelievable.
“We passed the ball around and I don’t think many teams could have stopped us that day. We have to try and play like that every week, especially at home as they’re the games you’ve got to win to stay in this league, so we’re going to be working on that and see if we can do it again on Sunday.”
Albion come up against a Newcastle side that picked up the Championship trophy on the final day of last season, after the Seagulls conceded a late equaliser at Aston Villa, but Dunk insists that won’t have any bearing on the outcome of this weekend’s encounter.
“We’ll be treating Newcastle the same as any other game at this level and will prepare as best we can and be ready for it,” he added. “On the training ground it’s about working on their strengths and weaknesses and then taking that into the game.
“It’s always about the next game and this season we’re learning with every game and improving with every game, after what was a very tough start.”
A key to a successful campaign is a strong rearguard action and Dunk’s partnership with Shane Duffy continues to catch the eye. The pair have worked in tandem for over a year now, becoming a key component of the Albion team, and they’ve needed to be at their very best this season given the quality of opposition.
“We learned the strengths and weaknesses of each other very quickly,” Dunk reveals. “We know what each other’s doing now, where each other is going to be on the pitch, so we bounce off each other very well – and long may it continue.
“We’re up against better players this year, more technical attacking players, so it’s going to be even tougher for us, but we’ve got to get as many clean sheets as we can to give us the base to get our wins.”

Advertisement block