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31 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Jose Izquierdo leaves Cedric on the deck inside the penalty area.

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Jose Izquierdo insists there is more to come from him after making his home debut against Southampton on Sunday, a game that offered few opportunities for the Colombian.

Izquierdo fired his first Albion goal in the 3-0 victory over West Ham the week before, and he believes his performances will only improve with more game time, following a frustrating afternoon at the Amex.

He said, “The goal against West Ham gave me big motivation, but it was a difficult game [against Southampton], it was very tight and we didn’t have many opportunities.

“They came here and defended very well, and it was more of a strong game. I didn’t have much time on the ball or many possibilities to shoot, so it was more difficult for me.

“But I feel good physically and I believe the level of my football will improve with every game.”

Despite extending their unbeaten run to three games after Glenn Murray’s second-half equaliser, Izquierdo expressed his disappointment that Chris Hughton’s team were unable to take all three points.

“For us, it’s a disappointment because we were at home, and normally we have to try and win all of the games.

“But we’ll take the point from the position [we were in], because they scored a very quick goal, but we showed our positivity in the second half to come back into the game.

“It’s hard for us to lose points at home, and we’ll need to work through the week for our next game on Saturday."

The Colombian has lined up on the opposite wing to Anthony Knockaert in back-to-back games, and he praised the Frenchman’s quality, as well as his other attacking team-mates.

“We know the abilities of Anthony, he helps the team a lot with his quality. One against one, he’s very good for us.

“With our speed, we try to get behind the defence and have a big partnership with Pascal and our forward.

“We also know we’ve got Dale [Stephens] and [Davy] Propper, and they make very good passes into us.”

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