Dunk delighted with defensive resillience

Albion have only conceded one goal in their four Premier League games so far - and none in open play.

By Matt Bishop • 28 August 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk was delighted a third Premier League clean sheet against Newcastle.

Lewis Dunk was full of praise for his defensive colleagues following yesterday’s win against Leeds.

We are still yet to concede a goal from open play this season and currently have the best defensive record in the division following the 1-0 victory over Jesse Marsch’s side, which extended our unbeaten run in the Premier League to nine matches, a new club record in the top flight.

Dunk and his teammates had to dig deep late to secure a deserved three points, and the skipper was delighted with the way his side kept their opponents out. “We always defend as a team from front to back.” said the skipper. “We’ve all got the same vision and we’ve all got the same work rate, and we showed that on Saturday.

“This is a great group who work hard every day and want to learn from each other and the manager to get better. We’re together and going in the right direction. At the back, we’re at the stage now where we’ve played together for a long time and we all know what we’re all going to do almost subconsciously.

“It comes from playing games alongside each other and from working hard on the training pitch every day to keep standards high and keep getting better as a unit.”

While Dunk is used to playing alongside Joel Veltman and Adam Webster, the skipper had a new face on his left-hand side as Pervis Estupinan made his first Premier League start.

The 24-year-old enjoyed an encouraging full debut and Dunk was delighted with the Ecuadorian.

“I thought Pervis was very impressive.” said the Albion captain. “It’s not easy coming into the Premier League, especially against a pressing, high-energy team like Leeds. We had to match them and he did that really well. He showed what a good player he is and what a good addition he will be.

“I think the fans enjoyed seeing him play and I enjoyed playing next to him. He’s athletic and good on the ball. He’s got big shoes to fill but he looks to be another great replacement, and hopefully he can continue that going forward.”