Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal has stressed the importance of working on a game by game basis ahead of three matches in a week for the Seagulls.
Chris Hughton’s side travel to face Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, before hosting Crystal Palace three days later at the Amex Stadium and then making another trip north to face Burnley at Turf Moor the weekend after.
He said, “It’s a big sequence of matches – we have three games in a week and things can always change quickly in these periods.
“We have a tough game away on Saturday against Huddersfield Town, every opponent is difficult, but every game is winnable.
“We’ll be looking forward to the weekend first and then the next game after that – we’re the sort of side who must take one game at a time – we need to put a lot of effort into every match to get something, and that starts this weekend.”
Albion played out a 1-1 draw with Leicester City at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and took an early lead through Glenn Murray’s header.
The visitors then saw James Maddison dismissed before the break, but Jamie Vardy’s late penalty meant the spoils were shared – the central midfielder reflected honestly on the frustrating conclusion of the contest.
“It feels like two points dropped, it was a great first half from us but not so good after the break.
“I’ve been a professional player for 12 years, and what the manager can do is give you everything to help you – but it’s the players that are in control when you’re out on the pitch.
“We were happy with our tempo and the chances we created in the first half, but they changed system and personnel in the second half when they had nothing to lose and they made it tough for us."
One positive from the weekend’s stalemate with the Foxes was the return of midfielder Pascal Gross to the starting eleven, with the German having been side-lined since the start of September.
“Having Pascal back is good for us – he plays between the lines really well and I was really happy to see him back after being out for such a long time.
“I know how tough it is when you’re injured, so it might take him a little bit of time – but he looks sharp in training and nothing helps get you back up to speed more than playing matches.
“Everyone knows that, the manager will try and balance it all – he’s one of our key players and he was great last season, we know he can create chances for us in the number ten position and so we need him fit now going forward.”
A limited number of tickets are available for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace at the Amex on Tuesday 4th December, kick-off 7.45pm.
Albion fans are being challenged to continue this season’s impressive record of having sold out every league home match so far, with Roy Hodgson’s side the next visitors to the Amex.
A maximum of two tickets per eligible fan number are available to fans with a purchase history at BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/tickets via the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901 (calls cost seven pence per minute plus your network access charge).