Niki Maenpaa was delighted with his competitive debut for Brighton & Hove Albion after playing a crucial part in the Capital One Cup victory at Southend.
The big Finn produced a solid display and pulled off a stunning save to deny Anthony Wordsworth just moments before Kazenga LuaLua struck Albion’s winner.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “It wasn’t easy at all. They were a very good team and they put a lot of pressure on us. I’m very happy that we managed to win this game and now I’m delighted to be in the next round.
“There were quite a lot of crosses during the game and I didn’t read a couple of them very well. I already knew that a lot of teams in England play from side to side and get balls into the box, so it’s something I need to get used to.
"Their best chance was a volley from 80 yards out and I could see the ball coming really well, so it was a good save in the end followed by a decent goal from Kazenga LuaLua.
“I knew at the weekend that I would be playing, so I had to prepare myself. But the clean sheet is always the first target as a goalkeeper.”
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Maenpaa swapped Holland for England this summer following his departure from Dutch club VVV-Venlo and admits he is loving life at the club.
“I’m really happy to be a part of Brighton & Hove Albion and it’s been lovely here so far. The quality of the team is really good and I’m impressed with what I’ve seen.
“The main target for me is to be a part of the team and help us achieve our collective targets. I will always try to do my best in training, so let’s see where we end up.”
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