Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk admitted that the side had to win ugly following their 1-0 victory over Newcastle United yesterday, and reflected on a fantastic defensive display.
Dunk along with the rest of the Seagulls backline dealt with numerous balls into the Albion box, and the centre-back looked back on a very good job well done, especially after Glenn Murray was stretchered off early on concussion.
He said, “I don’t think it was our prettiest performance, but I thought we defended outstandingly and protected our goal very well.
“To go there and get the three points is massive and we’re on the right path after claiming back-to-back wins.
“It [Murray] was one of the worst injuries I’ve seen in football, but thankfully he’s out of hospital now and is doing okay. We reacted well, it wasn’t nice to see at the time, but we had to get our minds back on the game to get the three points.”
The centre-back feels that his performance at St James’ Park was the best of the season so far, and is now target a sustained run in the England squad after recently earning his first call up.
“That was probably my best performance, I’ve just got to keep performing like that week in week out and keep going until the end of the season. Hopefully I’ll be in the squad again, and you never know what could happen.
“It was a great experience, everyone wants to do it and it’s the proudest moment I’ve had in football. Hopefully there’s more of that to come.
“Of course, your confidence has got to be high because you’re with the national team. England is one of the biggest nations in football and you can only learn from the players there, so it was a great experience and something I can use to my benefit.”
The win over Newcastle was Albion’s first away victory over the season, and Dunk now hopes the side have found a winning formula on the road before highlighting the aims for the remainder of the campaign.
“It just hadn’t clicked for us away from home before Saturday. At home we can control games, but we’re not doing it well enough away from home. It’s just about making the right decisions, but hopefully we’ll improve on that in the weeks to come.
“Our first priority is to stay in this league and we might look at improving on what we did last year.”