Lewis Dunk: We're coming on as a squad and learning all the time against the top sides

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk feels the Seagulls are continuing to improve as a squad in the Premier League.

Sunday, 20th January 2019, 6:38 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 6:03 pm
Lewis Dunk challenges Anthony Martial. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Albion gave Manchester United a scare in their 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday and Dunk feels Brighton are getting closer to picking up points on the road against the top sides.

The Seagulls have lost all nine of their away matches so far away to the top six since promotion to the Premier League in 2017.

Dunk has seen signs of progress, though, and said: "Last year I didn't think we were in these games as much at all.

"Against the top sides, we got run over a couple of times. This year we've been in every game.

"It shows we're coming on as a squad and are learning about these games but it would be nice to pick up some points on the road against one of them.

"It could have been today but we'll have to move on to the next one now and see how it goes."

Dunk felt Brighton were punished for giving away two poor goals in the defeat at Manchester United and said: "It's disappointing. We lost the game in the first half but we showed a great reaction in the second half.

"We had to come out like that otherwise it could have been three, four or five.

"We were definitely the better side in the second half. We showed how good we can be and we showed the resilience we've got in the squad.

"It was just frustrating we lost the game in the first half.

"When you're playing a side like that in the form and run they're on, to give them two easy goals is the most frustrating thing.

"You want them to score a worldie or stick one in the top corner from 30 yards."

Dunk added Brighton's second half performance showed how the squad has developed during the time in the Premier League: "You can see the confidence has grown out there.

"In the second half we came out and dominated possession and last year we'd have never done that.

"We'd have sat off and counter-attacked. We're building confidence and we showed we're good enough to keep the ball against these type of sides .

"We just need to do it more from the start of the game and then hopefully we can get the right result."