Brighton & Hove Albion winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh was pleased to make his competitive debut in Saturday’s game against Watford, after a tight turnaround since his participation at the World Cup with Iran.
The winger came on for the final 20 minutes against the Hornets, and reflected on the importance of getting some game time under his belt after a brief pre-season.
He said, “We lost the game, but it was really nice for me to have that feeling of playing an official game again.
“The last game I played was for Iran at the World Cup, so it was nice to have some minutes.
“I was struggling after the World Cup, because I had a very short pre-season and had about ten days to get back to good condition.
“But I trained hard every to get back into good shape and be ready to help the club get good results.”
The Iranian reflected on the game against Watford as a whole and is confident that the squad will bounce back after the opening day defeat.
“The feeling in the dressing room was not very good, because we know we have a lot of quality. We needed to work harder and do what the manager asked us.
“Losing games is always disappointing and we can’t afford to give away too many points, but we have to learn from this in our upcoming games.
“We have a number of new players, and every team needs time to get to know each other.
“But it’s just the beginning of the season. We have quality players and a good manager, so I am confident we can improve.”
Jahanbakhsh is now relishing the prospect of pitting himself against the very best teams in the Premier League, with Manchester United up next at the Amex.
“Every game is big and every opponent in the Premier League is a good side.
“Manchester United is a big club and it would nice to play against them, but I am more
looking forward to playing a home game in front of our fans.
“As a new player, you want to have a good performance in your home games and it’s exactly the same for me. Now it’s Man United, and I will try to do my best for the club.”