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11 May 2017

Rusk looked back on a positive season for his team.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s coach Simon Rusk expressed his satisfaction after his team’s campaign finished with cup success, and praised his players for their hard work and commitment throughout the season.
The Seagulls ended the season with a 3-0 (AET) victory over Crawley Town in the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup, and Rusk reflected on how his players have performed throughout the season, in both league and cup competition.
He said, “From a team, performance and results point of view, we’ve had a really solid season. The lads have been very hard-working and that’s been really pleasing.
“We’ve had a solid season at the level we’re at. We just fell a little bit short to get into the play-off mix with a game or two to go. But overall, we’ve got to be pleased with how the season’s gone as a whole.”
“We’ve competed well in the cups, getting to the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup, qualified out of the group stage of the Checkatrade Trophy, before beating AFC Wimbledon in the knock-out stages.”
Albion reached the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy, beating AFC Wimbledon after progressing out of the group phase, and Rusk believes the competition was helpful in the development of his young players.
“It’s beyond my control what happens with the tournament next season, but it’s something we very much enjoyed. The players benefitted and I definitely see value in us being in it.
“From a Category One Premier League side’s points of view, it’s great to be able to experience that, but I also think it was beneficial for the other clubs to view some of our younger players as viable loan options.
“We really enjoyed the Checkatrade Trophy involvement, but if I look back on the season as a whole, it’s hard for me to pick a stand-out game. We’ve been fairly consistent in what we’ve done.
“We set our own internal targets at the start of the season, and we achieved what our targets were.”
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