The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By An­drew Law­ton

SAM Bal­dock knows it will be a squad ef­fort if Brighton are to gain pro­mo­tion to the Premier League, af­ter prais­ing the im­pact of Uwe Huen­e­meier in the Seag­ulls’ de­fence.

With reg­u­lar de­fender Shane Duffy, 25, hav­ing surgery on his foot and not ex­pected back un­til late April, 31-year-old Huen­e­meier has stepped up for the pro­mo­tion-chasers.

And striker Bal­dock, 28, whilst im­pressed by the Ger­man’s im­pact, ex­pects the en­tire squad to be ready and wait­ing to step in when they are re­quired in the first team.

“He’s (Shane Duffy) a big loss and has been one of our best play­ers this year,” he said. “He’s been very solid and formed a great part­ner­ship with Dunky (Lewis Dunk), but credit to Uwe, he’s been bril­liant in train­ing.

“He’s not moaned and got on with ev­ery­thing. His op­por­tu­nity has come and he’s taken it. I’m sure he’ll con­tinue to do it be­cause he’s a very good player.

“It’s a squad game and play­ers know they’ll get their op­por­tu­ni­ties at some point. Who­ever it is, they’re train­ing prop­erly and train­ing hard.

“Credit to the staff, they’re keep­ing ev­ery­one on their toes. We know it’s go­ing to be a squad ef­fort that gets us over the line.”

PRAISE: Sam Bal­dock

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