Lewis Dunk believes Albion are growing up as a Premier League side.

The skipper was part of a second clean sheet of the season as Leandro Trossard’s late cracker secured a 1-0 win at Brentford.

A second successive victory on the road gives the Seagulls nine points from a possible 12.

Albion did not always get results they deserved last season but they made the most of limited chances to beat the Bees.

Dunk said: “I think last year we don’t win a game like that.

“Probably last year we might have gone on to lose that, concede last minute.

“It shows we are maturing, as a team we know what to do.

“We can’t play pretty football every game, it is not going to happen in the Premier League and teams are going to come out against us and there are good sides.

“Great grit out there to see it out to the end.”

Dunk said tougher tests are to come, including Leicester’s trip to the Amex on Sunday.

But he is impressed by the collective spirit within the squad.

He added: “Everyone wants to come in every day and work hard.

“There are no egos, nobody thinks they are above anyone else.

“We know what we are as a group, we have settled down well, the new players have settled in quickly and it is a pleasure to captain them and walk them out every week.”