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DUNK'S CONFIDENCE AFTER FIRST LEAGUE WIN

11 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk on the ball against West Bromwich Albion.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk highlighted the confidence his team-mates can take from their first-ever Premier League victory, and backed the team to build on their impressive performance at the Amex.

Pascal Gross ended Albion’s three-game run without a Premier League goal, and Dunk was delighted with the way his team-mates performed against the Baggies.

He said, “We were very good in the first half, it was the best we played all season. It was good to show we can do it and it gives us a lot of confidence.

“It was great for the two boys that scored [Tomer Hemed and Pascal Gross], it gives them a lot of confidence scoring their first Premier League goals. Hopefully there are many more to come.

“We had a few games and didn't score, so to get that first goal and win, it’s a great relief and we’ve got to build on this if we want to stay in this league.

“Only a few in the squad have actually played in the Premier League, but now it’s about all of us proving that we belong here. The win gives us all confidence.”

James Morrison scored late on to cancel out Albion’s clean sheet, and despite holding on for all three points, Dunk couldn't hide his disappointment at conceding to the Baggies.

“The last 20 minutes we dropped off to protect our 3-0 lead, and they nicked one which was frustrating for me, the rest of the defence and goalkeeper.

“That was the only downer, as being a defender you want clean sheets. You get quite angry when you don’t, but the win was obviously the most important thing.”

After scoring Albion’s first-ever Premier League goal, Gross added a second just after half-time, and Dunk praised the German for his influence on the team since joining in the summer.

“He gets in the pockets and links up the play very well for us. He’s got a lot of energy and I think he runs the most in every game.

“He’s been a good influence in the dressing room, as well as every other signing. We’re a tight-knit group and they’ve all integrated very well. We’re all on the same page.”


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