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BONG: WE WENT BACK TO BASICS

22 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Gaetan Bong

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong says the side went back to basics in the goalless draw with Wolves on Saturday.

Bong was part of a resolute Seagulls backline in the game at Molineux, and explained the team will need to show more of the same in the next four games to preserve their Premier League status.

He said, “Everyone was fighting, we came here to work hard and take something from the game. We all need to be positive, the boys, the club, and the fans.

“We need to remember where we came from, and how we were playing earlier in the season. We all want to play well and keep the ball, but the basics are to work hard, defend, and keep a clean sheet.

“After that, we look to go forward and score goals. Even if we weren’t doing everything well, we took a point."

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The Cameroonian reiterated that it is not always possible to play fast attacking football, and that Saturday’s game was an example of building from the back.

“We’re all looking to play nice football and win games 10-0, but when you’re on the pitch, you realise it can be hard sometimes.

“We cannot be an open team that tries to score all the time and concede. The manager reminded us we need to keep our shape, work hard, and that’s the only way we can take points.”

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The full-back also briefly reflected on the previous two defeats against AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City, and despite not playing, he stressed his desire to help the team both on and off the pitch.

“Everyone knows my character, I didn’t play in these two games, as I was on the bench, but I was like a lion in a cage because I wanted to fight.

“I am encouraging the boys, screaming and shouting. I do my job and I’m always ready to go again.”


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