Maupay: We were the better team

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Goalscorer Neal Maupay felt Albion deserved to take all three points against Burnley, and explained that one lapse of concentration cost the team a valuable first home win of the season.

By James Hilsum • 14 September 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Pure elation from Neal Maupay after his goal at the Amex

Jeff Hendrick struck late on to give the Clarets a point and dampened the Frenchman’s emotions after scoring his first-ever goal at the Amex.

He said, “It was a good feeling [to score], but at the end we drew and didn’t get the win, so I’m disappointed.

“Before the game we knew they would fight until the end, play long balls into the box and fight for the second balls.

“You’ve got to be switched on for 90 minutes, but we made a mistake and they scored. But this is the Premier League and everyone has quality, so you’ve got to fight until the end if you want to get a win.

"I felt that we were the better team, so it’s a frustrating feeling for us.”


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Mixed emotions for Maupay

Maupay was playing alongside Glenn Murray for the first time against the Clarets, and he praised his fellow Seagulls frontman for the intelligence he showed on the ball after a tactical change to the line-up.

“We started playing in a system and had to change it because we didn’t find solutions to their pressing in the first 25 minutes.

“He’s a clever striker that’s always trying to find me and I was trying to find him. That was the first time we’ve played together, so we need to work on a relationship on the pitch, but to have a striker of his experience and quality makes my game easier.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay wheels away to celebrate a goal at the Amex.

The forward was involved in a nasty collision involving Ashley Westwood after the break, but wasn’t drawn into a debate to determine whether it should have been a yellow or red card and says he’s solely focused on improving his own performances.

“We have VAR now and the referee can check the decisions they make. If they say it warrants a yellow, then we can’t say much more than that.

“I don’t focus on the rules, I just focus on my game and how I can do well for the team and score goals."