Albion debutant Tariq Lamptey shone in the 0-0 draw at Leicester City this evening, as the Seagulls moved six points clear of the bottom three.
Neal Maupay came closest on the evening to breaking the deadlock as his first half penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel after Aaron Connolly had been brought down by James Justin.
Lamptey – making his first start for the club – impressed throughout, with bursting runs forward as well as a steely determination in defence.
He said, “I have dreamt of this moment since I was a little boy. It’s every footballer’s dream to play in the Premier League. It’s a dream come true, it’s a proud moment for me and my family.
“I think I did well, I just want to say thank you to the gaffer and to the team because they helped me a lot. I worked hard for this moment, so hopefully it can be the first of many.”
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The 19-year-old praised his teammates’ effort on the night, as he played his part in helping Graham Potter’s side keep their seventh clean sheet of the Premier League campaign.
“The boys did excellently and everyone dug in to get the result,” Lamptey continued.
“I think Leicester are a great team and we had to respect to them, but we dug in deep and got the result - it was a good performance from the team and we were solid at the back.
“It was a great challenge to come up against some really top players and test my ability, you just have to take the game as it comes.
“I think it just shows the hard work that everyone did over lockdown. Everyone works so hard in training and the tempo has been high.
“As you can see, we can go for the full 90 minutes and we are doing everything the gaffer wants us to do. I think the training we've done showed in the game, so we can kick on from here.”