Hemed: It was important to get back to winning ways

Tomer Hemed celebrates his opening goal. Picture by Phil Westlake (PW Sporting Photography)

Tomer Hemed celebrates his opening goal. Picture by Phil Westlake (PW Sporting Photography)

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Two-goal Tomer Hemed said it was important for Albion to get back to winning ways this afternoon after a three-game winless run.

Brighton eased to a 4-1 victory at home to Burton Albion to return to the top of the Championship, for a few hours at least.

It was a seventh successive home win for the Seagulls in all competitions and Hemed, who now has five goals in his last four games and 12 in total this season, said: "I'm very happy with the win, it was important for us to get back to winning ways.

"It's my job to score goals and I'm happy I did today.

"The game was quite difficult because they defended well and they are a very good team, who play good football.

"The gaffer spoke in the changing room (at half-time) about what we needed to do better and we saw the difference in the second half."

Hemed started just his 13th league match of the season today and said: "I try to give the gaffer in every training session a reason for me to play.

"In the past three games, I've scored goals so I knew that I'm in good shape and there is a good chance I would start today. Again, I'm happy I had an opportunity today and scored again and helped the team to win."

On now looking to better last season's 17-goal total, Hemed said: "I'm not thinking about last season, I'm just trying to do my best until the end of the season.

"I know that my goals are very important for the team and I want to help the team to achieve our target, so I will try to push to give everything every game, to score as much as I can to help the team to win games."

With three of the next four matches now at the Amex, Hemed added: "It was important today to win the game. For us, we need to think about starting a new run, to start to win games and get as many points as we can.

"It will be tough until the end, so every point is important."

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