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26 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Simon Rusk

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s coach Simon Rusk was delighted to see midfielders Dessie Hutchinson and Jayson Molumby seize their opportunity for the first team during last week’s 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Bournemouth.
The pair featured for the full 120 minutes against the Cherries, and Rusk felt neither player looked out of place against Premier League opposition.
He said, “It’s a hard level to go into, but I thought both players acquitted themselves very well.
“It was a big challenge for both players, especially Dessie, who made his debut, while Jayson had the experience of the previous round against Barnet.
“But the type of fixture for them as a pair was a big challenge and overall, both of them can be pleased with how they acquitted themselves.”
Rusk felt the duo showed good levels of endurance to come through extra-time and feels the game can only aid the players in their development.
“In a game like that, you’d expect them to tire as the game wore on, but they showed real composure and calmness on the ball.
“It can only be a positive, but it’s important that whenever you have that taste of a first-team game, you have to stay grounded.
“But it’s certainly a good platform for them to build on ahead of any game they play in, whether it’s an under-23s match, another opportunity in the first team, or while on loan at another club.”
Rusk also expressed his gratitude to the club’s first-team players for allowing the duo to slot in so seamlessly.
“I must say that the first-team players have been brilliant in terms of making our players feel welcome and integrating them into the squad.
“It can be a daunting prospect for any youngster to step up to the first team, but that process is made so much easier here with the type of characters we have within the manager’s squad.
“They have all been so encouraging and keep a close eye on how the under-23s are doing, as does the manager, who is always willing to give young players a chance to impress.”

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