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BJORDAL ENJOYING CHECKATRADE TROPHY CHALLENGE

10 January 2017

The Norweigan has learned plenty from playing in the competition.


Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 winger Henrik Bjordal says the Checkatrade Trophy has offered the squad a chance to gain valuable experience, and loves the challenge of taking on clubs from Leagues One and Two.
 
The Norway Under-21 international played for 74 minutes in the impressive 2-1 victory at AFC Wimbledon in round two, and feels the squad can take confidence from that result going into tonight’s game at Coventry City, kick-off 7.45pm.
 
He said, "We are playing against a first team and you have to take the chance to show you can play well against good team like Coventry from League One.
 
"It will be a tough game, as Wimbledon was, but I think we are ready and can go through.
 
"I think the competition is very important for us in the under-23s. It is a good arena in which to show our quality and that we can play at a high level.
 
"I understand for Coventry it's just like another game, but for us younger players it's very good.”

Bjordal featured alongside several first-team players in the last round, including Richie Towell and Rohan Ince, and says their knowledge of the game benefits the whole squad.
 
"It's helped a lot. They bring their experience down to us and you're playing with good players.
 
"I don't know how many will be playing, but I think we can still do it with the under-23 team. We all trust each other and I think we have a good chance.
 
"It's a big thing for us to play in front of a larger crowd and against League One players. It's a good level, so we just have to show people what we can do against first-team players."

The winger has been on the fringes of the first-team squad himself, after travelling to the West Midlands for Albion’s last-gasp victory over Birmingham City, something which has made him even more determined to make the step up.

"I travelled to Birmingham in a squad of 20 players. It was good to be involved and to be in the dressing room before and after the game. The game ended well too, so it was good experience for me.
 
"It's more difficult to get a game when the team is top of the table, but I like that challenge. It's good to be around a team that is doing very well."

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