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22 October 2016

Albion's centre-half is aiming to stay in the team.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Connor Goldson is targeting a consistent run of games in the side, after recovering from injury and earning a new four-year contract at the club.
 
The 23-year-old is set to return to the side on Saturday, with Lewis Dunk ruled out through suspension, but admits he's had no complaints at having to wait for his opportunity.
 
He said, “It was good to be rewarded for how well I did last season, but I just want to get back playing now.
 
“It’s obviously been tough so far, but the boys have been flying, so I haven’t really got any moans or groans. It was just a tough time to get my injury during pre-season.
 
“We needed four centre-halves and I had a feeling another one would come in. He’s [Shane Duffy] come in and done brilliantly, forming a good partnership with Dunky [Lewis Dunk] and kept clean sheets.
 
“So I haven’t got a problem with not being in the team at the moment.
 
“I’ve played three games now since I’ve been back; two with the under-23s and one in the EFL Cup, so I’m feeling fit, training hard every day and just waiting for that opportunity.”

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The young centre-back reflected on a fine first season at the club, but explained it took time to psychologically recover from a disappointing end to the campaign, which included an injury set-back.
 
“I couldn’t have asked for a better first season really, despite obviously getting promoted. But personally, I played 26 games and felt comfortable in the Championship.
 
“I thought I was performing well and getting better with every game. It was probably unlucky for me that the season finished when it did, because my performances were getting close to my top level.
 
“There’s still a lot of improvements I can make in my game, but I felt I was consistently putting in very good performances.
 
“The season ended and we didn’t get what we wanted, which was mentally hard rather than physically, because it was mentally exhausting after every game, knowing the pressure that was on.
 
“It was tough to take at the end of the season, and then to get injured in the play-offs was obviously not nice, but as a footballer it’s going to happen at some point.”
 
Goldson assessed the threat posed by Wigan going into this afternoon’s game, and praised the Latics for making an immediate return to the Championship following their relegation.
 
“It’s hard for any team that comes up into the Championship; there's lots of massive clubs who spend a vast amount of money on building big squads.
 
“They’re doing well on the budget they have, and they’ve got a good team, ending up running away with League One last season.
 
“So it’s going to be another tough ask, but any away game in this league is a tough, so we’ll need to be prepared.”

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