Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk says the side will be focusing firmly on themselves ahead of Sunday’s game against Manchester City at the Amex Stadium.
The Seagulls finish their season against Pep Guardiola's side on Sunday in a match which could decide the fate of the Premier League title, but the Albion academy product stressed the importance of channelling their efforts on their own fortunes.
He said, “It’s about us doing our own jobs, as a professional footballer you just want to go out and win the games you play.
“We’re not thinking about their title challenge, we’ve got a good week to prepare for the match and we’ll focus on ourselves and see what happens.
“It will be nice to go out and have the pressure off slightly this week, we finally have no pressure – I think that might have held us back in recent weeks, but it’s done now, and we’ve earned our place for another year.”
Chris Hughton’s men secured a well-deserved point with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon at the Emirates Stadium, and Dunk praised the determination and character shown in the performance in the capital.
“We showed why we belong in this league, but in the second half of this campaign we haven’t produced that sort of performance enough,” he continued.
“We have to build on this sort of showing next year – I thought we were excellent for the first half of this season, if we repeated that points tally in the latter half of the season we’d be near the top half of the table.
“We have to focus on that first half of the year, it shows it’s tough in this league, but we have things like that to aim for next season.”
Dunk also revealed that he watched Cardiff City’s game with Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, the result that confirmed the side’s survival in the top flight.
The central defender then moved matters on to this weekend and the final game of the season on home soil, previewing the scale of the occasion and the benefit of playing in front of such a big audience.
“I watched the game [Cardiff City] on Saturday, some did, and some didn’t – people are saying they’ve done us a favour, but we’ve got more points on the board than Cardiff and that’s what’s kept us in the league at the end of this season.
“We’ve got one game left now and it’s a big one – we showed on Sunday that although we were safe we went out and performed and put our bodies on the line.
“The whole world will be watching and it’s a big chance to show everyone what we’re about – it will be a historic game to be involved in and that’s excellent, in the last home game of the season we want to send the supporters home happy with something to cheer about.”