Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk hailed a massive win over Crystal Palace, and felt the whole team showed tremendous grit and character to claim the three points.
Two stunning strikes from Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert secured a memorable victory, and Dunk feels everyone in the squad is rising to the challenge of securing the club’s top-flight status for another season.
He said, “They’re a fast team that like counter-attacking, and we knew that we had to frustrate them and take our chances when we got them, and we did that.
“We scored two great goals and we need players to step up when we’re fighting like this. It’s a great performance and a great win.
“The penalty gave them and their fans a bit of a boost, so we had to ride out that patch and we showed the character that we’ve got.
“We had an injury in the warm up, but it shows the depth we’ve got in the squad with Muzza [Murray] coming straight in. Credit goes to him and the whole squad.”
The Seagulls centre-back explained how the wind played a big part in the game, particularly for Murray’s goal, and believes Knockaert’s finish is among the finest strikes he’s seen this season.
“It’s [Knockaert’s goal] got to be up there for goal of the season with Florin’s [Andone] goal against Palace at home. They’ll be fighting it out for the award.
“The wind played a massive part and it showed for our first goal; I cleared it down the pitch, the ball swirled up in the air, which is hard for defenders to deal with, but Muzza read it and put it into the bottom corner.”
Dunk also highlighted the importance of the victory to the fans, and achieving a first Premier League double over their rivals.
“It’s massive for us because it’s another step towards safety, the fans have the bragging rights because we’ve done the double over them.
“You saw at the end what the result meant to me and everyone at the club.”