- A George Couzens brace puts Norwich 2-0 up
- Luis Garcia scores late on for Albion
- Anthony Spyrou makes it 3-1 to Norwich in stoppage time
- The Seagulls host Southampton on Saturday
Brighton & Hove Albion under-18 coach Ian Buckman hailed a marked improvement from his side, despite a 3-1 defeat at Norwich City on Saturday.
A brace from George Couzens and a late strike from Anthony Spyrou sealed the three points for the Canaries, while Luis Garcia scored what proved to be a consolation for Albion in the second half.
Buckman told seagulls.co.uk, “In terms of a performance, we were very pleased. We started the game very well and wanted to try and create more chances, which was something we did very well.
“We had 24 attempts compared to their seven over the course of the game. On another day that would have translated into a positive day for us.
“We said to the boys that we need to be more clinical and create more chances. We learned our lesson the hard way and got punished at the other end.
“We didn’t manage to get the result that we wanted, but we were really pleased with the players’ work rate.”
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The under-18 coach praised the quality shown in the build-up to Garcia’s strike and believes the squad have made some good progress these past couple of weeks.
“The goal was a good bit of combination play between Luis and Archie Davies on the edge of the box. Luis got the ball from Archie and finished well past the keeper.
“The lads have worked really hard on the training ground in the last two weeks. We lost 2-1 away to Chelsea the previous week, but we were pleased with the performance.
“We conceded a soft second goal from a set-piece; we could’ve come away with something positive there and it was the same on Saturday.
“In terms of the players’ development, it’s been a promising couple of weeks.”
Up next is the visit of Southampton to the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Saturday; a game which Buckman feels his players should relish.
“They are another team that plays good football and we have more players available now.
“Everyone is working hard, there is good competition for places and we’re looking forward to the game.”
ALBION: Sanchez; Morrison, White, Cadman, Cox; Barker (Mulomby 65), Davies, Sanders, Mandroiu; Byrne (Garcia 69), Maguire-Drew.
SUBS NOT USED: Vose (GK), Moore.