Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk explained how the side had to show their battling qualities during Saturday’s vital 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town.
Florin Andone came off the bench to head in a 79th-minute winner against the Terriers, and Dunk felt Albion dealt with the added scrutiny following their recent run of form.
He said, “We knew they were coming off the back of a good win themselves and they’re fighting like we are.
“We had to fight more than them today and we showed that, especially in the second half. The first half was a bit scrappy, but in the second we controlled the game. The goal was coming and thankfully Florin scored.
“There were going to be a few nerves, the pressure on us is massive, every game is a must-win and we have to fight under that pressure.
“We showed we can do that and we need to use it to our advantage.”
The Albion centre-back emphasised the need to look up the table now, and says the primary focus is now on Premier League survival instead of an individual points target.
“I’m one who looks forward, not behind me. If you’re looking behind yourself, you’re looking the wrong way.
“We need to look forward to the next game and focus on ourselves. If we aren’t winning, we don’t deserve to be in this league and we can’t be reliant on other teams not winning.
“We had targets at the start of the season, but I think now it’s survival mode. If we play like we did in the second half, then I think we’ll be fine at the end of the season.”
Dunk was pleased that the side managed to create a number of opportunities and keep a clean sheet, and also highlighted the need for every player to contribute to the cause for survival.
“The chances kept coming, I had a few, [Shane] Duffy had a few, Ali [Jahanbakhsh] hit the crossbar, but thankfully Florin put one in the back of the net. It was nice to keep a clean sheet as well, we haven’t had that in a while.
“[Andone’s goal] It shows that we need everyone in the squad and everyone in the dressing room. No matter if you are starting one week or not, everyone is playing a part this season, and we need everyone right to the end to make sure we can be where we want to be.”