Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk felt Saturday’s goalless draw with Wolves proved the side are ready for the fight to preserve the club’s Premier League status.
Dunk explained it was an ideal response from the frustrating back-to-back defeats against AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City, and hailed the collective effort from the team at Molineux.
He said, “The boys had to work ever so hard out there and showed we can do it, especially after conceding seven goals in the last two games at home.
“We’ve been disappointed with ourselves and had a big discussion about it, but proved that we’ve got that fight and capability to grind out a result.
“It’s always a tough place to come, especially now, as they’re a very expansive side that are always going to cause us problems, but we defended excellently.
“Maty [Ryan] made some massive saves behind me. It was a great team performance and a big point.”
The Seagulls centre-back encouraged his team-mates to show the same levels of endeavour for the remaining four games of the season, and appreciate the privilege of playing at the highest level.
“We showed hard work and determination, which we haven’t done in the last couple of games, and that’s been our downfall.
“Today, you saw we wanted it and made sure we went to that final whistle. We defended everything, kept our shape, stuck to the gameplan, and that’s what we’ve got to do until the end of the season.
“We had to realise that [privilege of playing in the Premier League], if we didn’t then it’s a slippery slope, but we’ve realised it.
“We need to continue to fight, and hopefully we’ll still be in this league by the end of the season.”