Brighton defender Adam El-Abd reaches 250 league games

Adam El-Abd

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Adam El-Abd says the club has been transformed in the time he has clocked up 250 league appearances.

The 27-year-old, who made his debut in 2003, reached the milestone in the 2-2 draw with Cardiff on Wednesday.

He told BBC Sussex: "It's a great achievement and I'm really proud of it. It's a completely different club to the one when I first started.

"We've got a phenomenal squad. It's definitely the best we've had."

He added: "It bodes well because it keeps everyone on their toes as we all know we've got to play well to keep our place."

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We control our destiny - El-Abd

The draw with Cardiff extended Albion's unbeaten run in the Championship to 11 games, and El-Abd believes the result could be important as the Seagulls bid to make the play-offs.

"The boys showed tremendous character to come back twice after two sucker-punches," he continued.

"We got a point that is going to be crucial in the run-in, because they're one of our rivals.

"There's 11 games to go and we've got to play a lot of the teams around us. It's a massive game on Saturday now [at home to Portsmouth] that we look forward to."

Brighton were in the fourth tier of English football and playing at the Withdean Stadium when El-Abd made his Seagulls debut but they are now seventh in the Championship with a good chance of gaining promotion to the Premier League.

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