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15 January 2017

The Canadian debutant was disappointed to lose at Deepdale.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Sam Adekugbe admits he had mixed emotions after making his league debut in the 2-0 defeat to Preston North End yesterday.

The 21-year-old played his first 90 minutes of Championship football since arriving from Vancouver Whitecaps on a season-long loan deal, but says he hoped for a different outcome.

He said, “Even though I played in America, I am very happy to make my debut and I’ve always wanted to play in England. I think it owes to my faith in God and he’s brought me to this position now.

“It is mixed emotions because I am very disappointed that we lost and we weren’t at our game, but it just goes to show the standards we set for ourselves.

 “Our aim is to get promotion, so all in all it’s a smack in the face, but a lesson learned and we need to kick on and get going for the last 20 games of the season.”

Adekugbe admits he did not expect such a quick turnaround in fortunes since recovering from injury and says achieving promotion with the club would be a perfect end to the season.

“I would be a fool to say that I don’t love playing football and I don’t love playing football in England.

“I read that Ollie Norwood has played something like 250 times, so to know that I can do this another 200 times makes me want to kick on even more and show the fans what I can do.

“It would be a dream come true [achieving promotion]. Everything has happened really fast since I’ve been here, and I’ve also been injured.

“I must admit I didn’t anticipate making my debut any time soon and I’d love to be part of a promotion- winning team.

“For some young kid from Canada to help Albion get to where they want to get to would be a true honour, but we need to get there first.”

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