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24 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Tomer Hemed in action against Watford.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed emphasised that the Seagulls fully deserved their 1-0 victory over Watford on Saturday afternoon at the Amex Stadium. 

The forward returned to the starting 11 for the visit of the hornets to the south coast, and insisted that Albion were worthy winners of the contest.

He said, “We’ve been waiting for the win for a few weeks and we played very well last week without getting a result.

“I thought we did very well and got a deserved result. 

“Sometimes you can do everything well and not get the result you want, but today we were the better team and deserved the win.”

The Israeli forward played a pivotal role in the win for Chris Hughton’s men – having a number of opportunities and assisting Pascal Gross’s second-half winner. 

He highlighted the fact that having had to wait for an opportunity in the side, he was just grateful to be involved and playing his part in the team. 

“I always want to score and I’m happy I’m getting chances – it would be worrying if I wasn't getting them.

“I didn’t score, but I had plenty of chances, and created lots for others too, so I’m sure they’ll go in soon.

“I’ve had to be patient and wait for my chance; everyone has to do that and there’s a lot of competition for places here, so we’re all in the same situation.”

Central defender Connor Goldson made his first Premier League start for the club having undergone heart surgery earlier this calendar year in March, and Tomer was keen to praise his teammate’s performance, as well as the side’s start to life in the Premier League at the halfway stage of the season.

“We’re all so happy for him -  he was brilliant, and it’s a special day after what’s happened to him.” 

“We can take many positives from the first half of the season. 

“We can improve some things but we can build on those – Chelsea up next will be a good experience and we know it’ll be tough.

“But we’ve played well against top teams already and felt we could have had more from those, so we have to believe we can get something from the game.”

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