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MATCH-WINNER TOWELL HAPPY TO PLAY

10 November 2016

The Albion midfielder enjoyed playing at the Amex.


Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Richie Towell was pleased to receive more game time in Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy win against Leyton Orient, as he steps up his return from injury.

The 25-year-old scored the winning goal for Simon Rusk’s team, and although the Irishman was keen to play on, his 45-minute appearance felt like another step forward.

He said, “It was great and I really enjoyed it, but I would have liked to play for a little bit longer.

“I asked Rusky [Simon Rusk] at half-time if I could stay on, but they were under strict instructions to take me off after 45 minutes.

“I need to come back slowly, but it was great to be out there playing in a competitive environment again.

“To get through 45 minutes with no problems and score a goal, it was obviously a nice feeling.”

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Towell explained the extent of his knee injury sustained during pre-season, and believes a busy training schedule took its toll on his body after joining Albion from Dundalk.

“I basically had a hole in the back of my knee; the cartilage was gone and the bones were grinding. I had a cyst on the back of it and there was quite a lot of fluid to be drained.

“Playing back-to-back seasons probably caused that. In the summer I probably did a little too much and hammered myself.

“It feels fine now and I’ve been back training for just over two weeks; the medical staff have looked after me very well.”

The attacking midfielder understands the tough task of breaking into Albion’s first team this season, but aims to seize his opportunity when it comes along.

“There’s so much competition for places. I’d like to play a few more games for Rusky’s team [under-23s], because he’s been great to me and hopefully he’ll allow me to play a little more.

“Anybody that knows me knows I’m a very competitive person who wears my heart on my sleeve, so I’d play at the drop of a hat.

“The medical staff have held me back a small bit, but I’m raring to go and once given an opportunity, I’m confident I’ll take it.”

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