Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk says the side have rekindled their resilience following Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
A last-gasp goal from Christian Eriksen was the difference between the two sides in the capital, on a night where the Seagulls defended bravely against their European title-chasing opponents, and Dunk praised the determined displays shown in the last two contests.
He said, “It feels like we’ve found ourselves again over the last four days – when we’re next in we’ll go through tonight [Tuesday] and use it in the next game at the weekend.
“We had little spells of counter-attacking, but it was tough and we could have made more of our set-plays.
“To stop a side like Tottenham, it takes a really big effort, you have to stay switched on, and barring one moment, we did that.”
Eriksen fired home from outside the area in the closing stages to give the hosts a narrow win, and Dunk insists that the standards of work rate have now been set for between now and the end of the campaign.
“It’s quite shattering to have nothing to show for our efforts, given how much we put into the game,” he continued.
“We’ve put everything into our last two matches and we know that’s what we have to keep doing to stay in this division.
“We’ve blocked and headed everything; one shot went past and decided the game, but we’ve proved we’re hard to beat at the moment – we’ll keep going.”
Newcastle United visit the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, before contests against Arsenal and Manchester City follow, and Dunk stressed that the team’s fate still lies within their own hands heading into the closing stages of the season.
“We’re still in a good position – it’s in our hands and it’s up to us as to how we get over the line.
“We’ve got some tough games coming up but so have Cardiff – whoever does better stays up, so it’s up to us to keep ourselves in this league now.”