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Brighton & Hove Albion under-21 coach Simon Rusk praised the efforts of his players after the Seagulls were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at Boreham Wood's Meadow Park ground today.
Alex Iwobi’s 48th-minute strike was enough to secure a narrow victory, but Rusk was pleased with the way his side nullified the Gunners’ attacking threat.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “We went into the game with the mindset of being very compact and tight. We knew Arsenal’s strengths and we wanted to try and limit their space in and around our box and I thought we contained them quite well.
“The timing of the goal killed us because it came just after half-time and we were happy to defend deep and to play out on the counter-attack.
“If we'd got to 75 minutes with the score at 0-0, then I felt that we could’ve nicked the win. We couldn’t quite do it on the day, but it was a decent effort from the lads.”
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Albion had a couple of chances to claim three points on the day and Rusk says that the defeat would have taught his players about the minor differences between winning and losing.
“Tom Dallison had a good opportunity and Jason Davis came close with a header.
“I said to the lads afterwards that it’s all about fine margins. When you go away to a team like Arsenal, you need to have complete concentration and stick to your job at all times.
“If we managed to keep a clean sheet and took one of those chances, then we wouldn’t have been too far away from coming away with a great victory.
“Those are the fine margins, but I must say that after we went 1-0 down we didn’t lose our discipline with what we wanted to do, so I can take a lot of positives from that.
“I’m disappointed with the result, but I’m not disappointed with the will to carry out the game plan.”
ALBION: Doherty; Barry, White, Dallison, Hunt; Rea, Hutchinson; Davis (Tilley 60), Harris (Muitt 65), Starkey; Akindayini (Deen 80). Subs not used: Smith (GK), Barnett.