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BROWN REFLECTS ON ADVANCED ATTACKING ROLE

3 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Izzy Brown

Brighton & Hove Albion’s makeshift striker Izzy Brown was satisfied with how he played against Arsenal on Sunday, and is now eager to consign his injury-enforced absence to the past.

Brown played as a lone striker at the Emirates, and reflected on a challenging game against the Gunners.

He said, "It was difficult for me against really good defenders, because I haven't played in the number nine position for many years - it's a new challenge and I had to get used to it quickly.

"I tried my best, but when you're against a tough team and don't have the ball much, you have to try to keep it and link the play.

“That's all I could do throughout the game - it was hard to get the ball and spin in behind because we had so much pressure on us. I thought I did okay though.

"The injury wasn't an ideal situation, but that's football. There are ups and downs and I'm happy now, I just need to gain 100-per-cent fitness and I'll be fine. I'm still doing extra work after training to get to where I was before, but I'm getting closer and closer to full fitness.”

The 20-year-old was keen to take the positives from the game and Albion's start to the season, and is enjoying the prospect of playing at some of best grounds in the country.

"We were on top in the last 10 minutes. The team played well, we just need to have more confidence in each other and believe in each other, then we'll be fine.

"We're not in the relegation zone, so it's a good start. We picked up points at home and that's important.

“The training here is intense and tough - the gaffer likes us to run a lot so we'll be doing a lot of that during the international break. If we keep doing it every day, I'll be fitter than I was before.

"Playing at great stadia like the Emirates is an amazing experience for a 20-year-old; you just want to be playing week in, week out in the Premier League. It's an amazing experience and one I want more of."


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