Lewis Dunk dedicates victory over Crystal Palace to Brighton's fans

Lewis Dunk in action against Crystal Palace. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Lewis Dunk in action against Crystal Palace. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Lewis Dunk has dedicated Brighton & Hove Albion's win over arch rivals Crystal Palace to the club's fans.

The Seagulls beat Palace 3-1 at the Amex last night with first half goals from Glenn Murray, Leon Balogun and Florin Andone.

Dunk and his team-mates celebrated with the Albion fans at the final whistle and afterwards he said: “This one was for the fans – I know how much it means being a local lad, they would have loved that this evening and we played for them.

“They have the bragging rights now and they can celebrate this evening and enjoy it.

“The key for us was our determination, we knew they’d play narrow with high lines and so it meant we had to defend our box and our middle area very well.

“We did that outstandingly and worked our socks off. We’re into the top half now and we have to push on and continue from here.”

Dunk praised Albion's character after playing with ten men for more than an hour after Shane Duffy's red card for violent conduct, with the score at 1-0.

He said: “We’ve had to do it the hard way being down to ten men, but we’ve shown the character we have within the side with the way we responded and won the game."

Dunk also highlighted Florin Andone's performance after the Romanian striker scored a stunning third goal.

He said: “I think our substitutes in the first half had a key contribution, and when you’re up against it, you want players to come on and make an impact on the game.

“I thought Florin was the best player on the field, he worked his socks off for us and held onto the ball when we needed him too. His goal came when we were defending, and he plays on the counter attack. I’d say that’s probably our goal of the season already.”

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