Date: 5th July 2016 at 8:20am
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When Tomer Hemed came to Brighton last summer he came in talking about promotion in the hopes of achieving this.

That, as we know, is something we came close to achieving.

He knows at the time such an achievement coming off possibly wasn’t something too many actually thought would happen but having gone so close to automatic promotion before missing out via the play-offs he’s told the Official Website he knows more will be expected this season.

But this is something he feels we can use to motivate us.

‘We start the season in a different situation. Last year, I had just signed for the club, spoke about promotion and then saw how people reacted. Maybe they thought it was not possible, but this season more people will think like me and know that our team is good enough to fight for promotion. Of course everyone knows how close we were to achieving it last season, but when we start the new season, we just need to take the good things from last year and hope it gives us more confidence and motivation to do it better.’

Hemed went onto say he feels the media will also ‘probably look at Brighton differently’ too, which might add to the pressure? Learning from last season is something we need to do but he feels we will.

During his summer break he took the opportunity to spend time with friends and family back in his native Israel also doing some work to ‘keep in shape’ with it a break he enjoyed but he’s now ‘ready for next season.’

With 17-goals in his debut season the 29-year-old will also be under pressure to deliver again, which again he knows.

The Israeli international finished by saying he’s not ‘setting targets’ as he never has in his career but to at least match his return from last season will be the first aim but naturally as a striker he’ll want to better it if he can.

‘When I arrived here, everyone asked me about numbers and how many I wanted to score. They mentioned that [Leonardo] Ulloa scored 14 here in his last season, and I said that I never set numbers, I just come into every game to work hard. Firstly, I need to help my team to win and try to score as much as I can. In my head, it`s normal to want to score more goals. I want to reach last season`s tally and to improve. I work hard every day to improve myself and show more things that I didn`t do last season.’

If Hemed can fire again and Glenn Murray can too these could be the goals that fire us to promotion this time….

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