Brighton star says had to win against ‘bottom of the league’ rival Newcastle
Lewis Dunk says that Brighton are ‘on track now’ after beating Newcastle United.
The centre-back believing that the Seagulls have ‘won the games we had to win’ so far this season.
Lewis Dunk has been linked a number of times in the past with the Magpies and was able to celebrate his first league win on Sunday against NUFC.
He says that Sunday’s Newcastle match was a game ‘you have to win in this league, against our rivals down the bottom of the league’.
Obviously Newcastle’s early fourth place in the table after five games hadn’t impressed him!
Ironic that Toon fans have been left happy with the start of the season, despite losing against both of the other promoted clubs.
Brighton and Huddersfield were the two bookies favourites to go straight back down but net spends of £48m and £43m in the summer maybe went a little below the radar for some. A major surprise considering the net spends of the two clubs were amongst the 10 highest of all European clubs this summer.
With a net spend of only £11.5m, Newcastle have surprised a few people themselves, whilst struggling against the promoted clubs the Magpies have instead beaten a trio of solid Premier League clubs – well solid in the sense that they have been mid-table regulars in recent seasons.
It all appears to add up, to there now being no longer any mug teams in the Premier League, with clubs such as Huddersfield and Brighton willing to spend some of their Premier League cash up front, in order to try and compete.
Hopefully in the weeks and months ahead, Newcastle can show they are a little better than Lewis Dunk’s ‘bottom of the league’ description.
“They (Newcastle) are the games you have to win in this league, against our rivals down the bottom of the league.
“It was a massive result for us, and we defended for our lives in the last 20 minutes, and got the clean sheet.
“They’re the most enjoyable wins for me and Duffs (Shane Duffy).. The clean sheet is a little bonus for us and now we can look forward to Arsenal.
“We’re on track now. Whatever we get there is a bonus, because you’re not expected to get a win against the top sides, but if we can nick a point or all three, we’ll be buzzing on the way home. We’ll go there and work our socks off.
“It’s a great start if you look at it from the games we’ve had. We’ve won the games we had to win and we’ve done well in the ones we’re not expected to win. We’re getting comfortable in this league.
“We controlled games quite a lot last year in the Championship. We’re used to it, especially at home, so we had to take that into this year and play the same way. We’ll continue doing it this season and hopefully we can finish as high as we can.”
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