Date: 21st July 2017 at 6:13pm
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Striker Tomer Hemed was previewing today’s friendly against Crawley Town, and he feels Brighton will be in for stern test from the League Two outfit.

Heading to the Broadfield Stadium for our second pre season friendly of the summer, Hemed felt the side were in good spirits and fitness levels were good, but he knew the game would be tough as we continue our preparations for a first Premier League campaign that kicks off against Manchester City in August.

Speaking to the Official Site yesterday, Hemed explained.

‘We have experience of playing lower league teams in pre-season before and it`s always a game where the other team will want to show their ability. They will fight for every ball,and that`s part of the game, but we`ve got to be careful because we have just four weeks until the first game and we must use these matches wisely. We need to keep working hard and improve in every game so that we are ready for that first game of the season against Manchester City. That is the occasion we are preparing ourselves for, so minutes on the pitch are going to be important for every player between now and then.’

Having scored against Fortuna Dusseldorf following a positive week out in Austria, Hemed went on to say.

‘We are looking forward to continuing our pre-season schedule in England after what was a very good week in Austria. It was good to work on our fitness, get the first friendly game under our belts, and of course for me, it was good to score. Obviously it`s still early and we are going to make a lot of changes in these opening games – everyone will get the chance to play.’

Adding.

‘We also have new players coming into the squad, but they have all integrated very well and have been made really welcome by us all. It`s another game to work on our shape and get used to the type of football the gaffer wants us to play, because obviously the Premier League is going to be different to what we`ve been used to.’

In other Hemed news, the Argus reported that we have slapped a ‘not for sale’ sign on his head following our rejection of a £4million offer from Reading.

Hemed is in the final year of his contract at the club but with Sam Baldock sidelined, Glenn Murray is our only other recognised striker at this moment in time.

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