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30 December 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk praised David Button and Jurgen Locadia for taking full advantage of their opportunities in the team, as the Seagulls ended 2018 with a 1-0 victory over Everton.

Button kept a clean sheet on his Premier League debut and Locadia fired the winning goal to seal three points, as Albion ended the year in 13th position on 25 points.

Dunk commented on the contribution both players made in Albion’s narrow win, and believes the pair are reaping the benefits for continually working hard on the training pitch.

He said, “I thought David was excellent, he made some big saves and kept his calm behind us, talking to us all the time — a massive well done to him coming in at the deep end.

“He’s been sitting on the sideline watching Maty Ryan for the whole season, but he’s worked hard in training and deserved his chance.

“It shows with Jurgen as well — Jurgen’s had to bide his time but he’s always worked hard in training. When you work hard you get opportunities, and he’s taken his with two hands.

“He’s scored two goals in two games, so massive credit to him for taking his chance. Hopefully he can stay in the side and keep scoring.”

After initially being ruled out for offside, referee Andrew Madley consulted his linesman and awarded Albion their 1-0 lead, and Dunk discussed Locadia’s winning goal, which came on the hour mark.

“I saw the ball come off the Everton player straight away. I made sure the referee knew that and he said to me ‘I’m giving the goal, I’m just speaking to the linesman’.

“I got the other boys away and let the referee get on with it. He made the right decision in the end.

“It was a perfect day. We always knew it was going to be a tough game — they were coming into the match on the back of a 5-1 win.

“But we did our jobs, we know our game plan and we stuck to it really well. It’s a massive win for us.”

The Seagulls now turn their attention to Wednesday’s visit to West Ham United, and Dunk highlighted his urgency to seal top-flight status for another season, starting with three points against the Hammers.

“We’re getting closer and closer to Premier League survival. We’ve got to make sure we get there as quickly as we can.

“Hopefully we can then push on even further and get higher up the table than we did last season.

“A couple of boys have had three games in a short period, so we’ve got to recover well, get back on the training pitch, work hard and hopefully get a good result at West Ham.”

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