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GROSS: A LOT LEFT TO PLAY FOR

28 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross delivers a cross into the penalty area against Newcastle United.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross insisted the side cannot take their foot off the gas after a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Saturday evening, which moved the Seagulls four points clear of the relegation zone.

Gross's 75th-minute equaliser ended a spell of six Premier League games without a goal for Chris Hughton's men, and widened the gap to 18th-placed Cardiff City, who lost at Fulham earlier in the day.

Although Albion's goal difference is 14 goals better off than the Bluebirds' - meaning Neil Warnock's side will likely need two wins from two to ensure survival - Gross insists there is a lot to play for in the remaining clashes against Arsenal and Manchester City.

Gross said, "We got a point and Cardiff didn't, but we know in the two games left they can get six points.

"Of course we both have tough fixtures but there is a lot to play for. It's two games and anything can happen in the fight to stay up.

"It was great to get that goal and end the run. It was a big relief for all of us and afterwards we were all pushing for a second goal to get the win. Unfortunately, we couldn't get it but we can take positives from the second 45."

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Gross was left feeling frustrated after the opening half, but a switch in formation from 4-4-2 to 4-4-1-1 yielded more possession and success going forward after the break.

"I don't know [what happened in the first half]," said the German playmaker, "I was very disappointed.

"We conceded a goal and we were sloppy in possession, passing badly. But we knew we had 45 minutes left to change the game - go out, work hard, better ourselves and get something out the game. That's what we did.

"We didn't start arguing amongst ourselves in the changing room at half-time, we just said: 'We know what we're about, we just have to go out and do it better. Keep going, keep going and we will see the end product.'

"We linked up better in the second half, me and Glenn [Murray]. We changed shape and it seemed to suit us better. But it's not always about the shape - it's about your own quality and your own performance.

"I was pleased to link up with him again as we did a lot last season."


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