Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk stressed that Saturday’s return to collecting Premier League points has pulled the playing squad closer together ahead of Tuesday’s visit to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Seagulls dug deep to frustrate Wolverhampton Wanderers in a goalless draw at Molineux, and Dunk believes the disciplined display has set the team up well for the final four matches of the Premier League season.
He said, “Saturday really showed the unity and togetherness that we’ve got in the team. That was the performance we needed to pull ourselves that little bit closer together.
“There’s been a positive reaction, it was the performance we needed after the last few weeks that we’ve had, it’s been a tough time.
“The results have been pretty bad, especially with them being home games, but we’ve shown that we can react to it and you saw the fight in us to stay in this league.
“The fight seemed to slide away from us for some reason, we were probably a bit nervous, they were big games and they probably got to us a little bit.
“We didn’t take advantage and other teams did, but we’re still in an okay position, three points ahead with an extra game, so it’s in our hards.”
Dunk identified the difficulty of Tottenham’s back-to-back visits to the Etihad Stadium over the past week, and believes more quality is needed to cause Mauricio Pochettino’s side problems at their brand new home.
“They’ve had two tough games against Manchester City, they’ve done a lot of running, so hopefully they’ll be a little bit tired coming into the game. We’ll go to their new stadium and see what we can do.
“We need to bring that same performance [against Wolves] but a little more quality on the ball. I don’t think we showed enough quality on the ball to create chances.
“We got into good positions in the final third, but we didn’t produce that final pass or cross, so we need to focus on keeping a clean sheet and show more quality to counter off that.
“We’ve got to go out there and focus on our job. It’s up to us what we do, if we want to stay in this league then it’s in our hands.”