Brighton & Hove Albion winger Solly March believes team-mate Florin Andone is on his way to becoming a favourite amongst the club’s supporters, and praised the Romanian for the desire he shows on the pitch.
Andone has found the back of the net in back-to-back matches for the Seagulls, and March, whose cross at Huddersfield fed the summer signing, highlighted the qualities the striker brings to the team.
He said, “Andone’s a little pest, he’s hard to play against, he rats about and makes life hard for defenders. He’s strong and quick, so it’s nice to have him up front.
“You can see his hunger and passion from the work rate he shows on the pitch. It was a great goal against Palace and everyone enjoyed it.
“He made up about ten yards on the defender — I think I even stopped because I thought the ball was going out of play.
“He came on after 35 minutes and was cramping up at the end, and that shows how hard he works for the team. I think he’s going to be a big fans’ favourite.”
The Seagulls take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, looking to secure a third successive win for the second time this season, and March believes the team are riding a wave of confidence.
“We’re training hard and we’ve got that belief now. We deserve to be in the Premier League and we know we’re good enough to be here — that’s reflecting in our performances.
“You question yourselves during the first season in the Premier League, but we’re into our second season now and we’ve got five wins in eight matches, which builds on our confidence.
“Three wins in a week would be fantastic — we did three wins in a row earlier in the season, so to do that again would be a great statement from us.”
Chris Hughton’s team find themselves in tenth position after 15 matches, and although March insists the main focus has to be Premier League survival, he spoke about the natural temptation to target more.
“You’ve got to be realistic but also have higher ambitions at the same time. You’ve only got to look at Burnley last season — they’re not doing as well this year, but they’re still a strong team.
“We should aim as high as we can — Bournemouth are in the top six now and aiming towards Europe, so I don’t see why we can’t be in the top half of the Premier League.
“European football is a long way off for us — maybe in a few years time we’ll speak about that, but now it’s just about staying in the Premier League. If we can do that, we’ll be happy.”