Date: 31st August 2017 at 2:09pm
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Centre half Lewis Dunk has spoken of the importance of Brighton getting off the mark in the Premier League ahead of the international break.

Having taken a point from Watford last week, it was Brighton’s first point of the year and although we couldn’t manage to take all three with them being reduced to ten men, Dunk knew it had lifted spirits in the group as we go into the international lull, and hopefully it will serve us well moving forward.

Speaking to the Official Site this week, Dunk explained that there had been plenty of positives to take from our performances largely in the top flight, but registering that all important point was huge.

‘It was massive for us, the minimum we needed, a point to get us off the mark. I thought we got into good positions but that final part just wasn’t there. I`m disappointed that we didn’t come away with three points, after they went down to ten men early, but I thought we played well and just couldn’t kill them off in the final third.’

Dunk went on to say.

‘We`ve been there before (ten men) and you`re defending for your life. They had nine outfield players behind the ball, so it was hard to break them down. We got in some good positions, hit the post a couple of times and on another day they might have crept in.’

Having started all three Premier League games so far, Dunk spoke about the transition from the Championship and he felt we were adjusting nicely to the step up in levels and he felt the Premier League suited his individual style.

‘It`s a completely different game in the Premier League but I feel as though it suits me a little bit more. You get more time on the ball and I like have the ball at my feet. I`ll still do the dirty stuff defending, but they don`t pressure you as much until you get higher up the pitch. I`m trying my best in every game and I`ll continue doing that for the rest of the season.’

He added.

‘I`m here with Brighton, it`s unbelievable and I want to keep it going. We`ll fight until the very end and hopefully we`ll still be in this league next season.’

The game also represented our first clean sheet of the year and he knew that was a positive in itself.

‘With a new goalkeeper as well, we`re all still getting used to each other, so it`s obviously nice to get our first clean sheet on the board. Hopefully there are many more to come. Coming to a new team, embedding together and learning how we play, it takes time, but we`re now bouncing off each other.’

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