Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Richie Towell enjoyed a valuable run out for the under-21s in their 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.
The Irishman played the full game against the Baggies and is now eager to build on his one first-team appearance against Hull City in the FA Cup.
He said, “I thought we played well, they’re a decent side, but we controlled the game in spells and had good chances to win it. On a personal level, it was good to get 90 minutes under my belt.
“I feel like I’m getting a bit sharper playing in a more natural position and it felt a lot better. I’ve been playing a bit higher compared to recent weeks and it was good to get back to a position that I’m used to, so I enjoyed it a lot more.
“If I keep getting some minutes under my belt and I get sharper, then hopefully I can keep knocking on the manager’s door.”
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Towell admits he should have added his name to the score-sheet with a chance late in the second half, but was denied by a brilliant save from Baggies keeper Jack Rose.
“I thought James Tilley had done really well, he picked me out perfectly and I probably should’ve scored, but the keeper has made a decent save, so I can’t be too critical.”
Towell will have to wait at least another week to potentially get some more minutes for the first team with no game scheduled this weekend.
“For me personally, I haven’t played the volume of games that the others have had, but the rest has probably come at a good time after we picked up a few knocks.
“I’m sure the lads are happy with the break so they can recover. I just need to work hard on the training ground and keep pushing. I’m looking forward to another good week’s training and then we go again.”
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