Brighton captain Lewis Dunk praises the team spirit after a solid start to the season

ALBION captain Lewis Dunk has attributed the club’s good start to the season to hard work in pre-season.

The Seagulls are unbeaten after beating Manchester United on the opening day of the season at Old Trafford, followed by a goalless draw with Newcastle, a game in which they deserved to win.

Dunk said: “It’s an unbeaten start to the season and I would put that down largely to a good pre-season. We all got in there from day one and were able to work hard as a team on the training pitch.

“We’re feeling good and we’ve hit the ground running. It was the same as in the gaffer’s first preseason. We have different players now than we used to, that’s the dynamic that’s changed.”

“In the first half against Newcastle without possession, we were really good and stopped them from doing what they wanted to do, but we weren’t good enough on the ball ourselves.

“But we improved in the second half, we still defended well, but we got the ball, controlled it and created great chances.

“But Pope made two big saves and we had cleared two off the line so it wasn’t our day to score.

“There are days when it’s the other way around and the strikers score and we might let one in. That’s football, but at least we get the chances as a unit.

“We scored two goals at Old Trafford so we know we can score the goals but from this one we take the point and move on.

“We have a great squad – and that’s after losing some big players in the last two years in Ben White, Dan Burn, Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella. They are big players.

“But we have a squad good enough to replace him. However, there is still a long way to go and we have to make sure we keep working hard in training.

“The club are patient what they do with the money and this side has nothing to do with me! It’s their job to decide who to take or not.

“We think we’re good enough as a team to do something like last year and finish ninth in the league – so we want to get safety first and then maybe move on and get even higher.

“We know we’re good enough for it.”

Dunk was also impressed with the player’s team spirit, suggesting that going an “extra yard” in games helped them.

He said: “It’s thanks to the players and the team spirit that despite being eliminated we put in a good performance in those first two games.

“We have a cohesion and a team spirit and fight, a will to go an extra meter in a game. The midfield ran a lot in this heat and I was happy to be at the back.

“But we are a unit and we train and play as a unit. The coach was great from day one and we’re a completely different team today than we were on day one under him. We keep getting better.”

Dunk has been a solid player for Albion since joining the team all those years ago but has never found recognition on the international stage.

Many Albion fans believe he should be called up to England, but time seems to be running out for Dunk.

He said: “I just go out and play football every week.

“When he (Gareth Southgate) calls, it’s amazing. But I’m just making sure I’m focused on what I’m doing here.

“At my club I try to lead by example in the dressing room and on the pitch and be the best version of me out there on a Saturday.

“That’s all I can do and focus on.” Brighton captain Lewis Dunk praises the team spirit after a solid start to the season

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