Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper has encouraged his team-mates to stay calm and focused ahead of the season run-in, and says there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about their hopes for Premier League survival.
Albion succumbed to a heavy defeat against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, but Propper says it is important not to panic and explained there is still time to get the points required, starting tonight against Cardiff City.
He said, “To stay in this league is the most important thing, and from the beginning of the season, that was what we wanted to do. We still have six games to take some points, and we are confident of staying up.
“The teams are very good in this league. It’s difficult to win games in this division and we need to get back to the basics of where we were before.
“Cardiff is a game where we can get some points, but I don’t want to say this is the most important game, because we still have five games left to play after this evening and there is still enough time to get the points we need.”
Propper spoke about potentially welcoming Pascal Gross back into the side following his recovery from a hamstring injury, and highlighted the need to be a bit braver in front of goal ahead of the remaining games of the campaign.
“His statistics are very good, so it’s very important for us that’s he back.
“I think the last few games haven’t been easy for us. We’re still creating chances and that’s important. We just need the confidence to shoot and not miss an opportunity to score.
“We had some games where we were leading late on in the game, and we ended up drawing or losing in the end and that is something we need to fix.”
The Dutchman then issued a rallying cry to the club’s supporters ahead of Tuesday night’s game, and spoke about the significance of securing another season in the Premier League.
“It’s important for the crowd to stay behind the team, support us and make sure we play at our best.
“Staying in this league would be an accomplishment for the whole team, as that’s what we wanted to do at the beginning of the season and it is the biggest goal for us.”