Brighton & Hove Albion striker Jurgen Locadia admitted the Seagulls were punished for not taking their chances in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City at the Amex Stadium.
The Dutch forward made his first Premier League start for the Albion against the Foxes on the south-coast, but he insisted the team were made to pay for not capitalising on a largely dominant performance.
He said, “It’s a frustrating afternoon because we started the game very well – we created a lot of chances but couldn’t take one in the first half.
“Leicester had one real chance in the second half and scored it, but I think overall we did very well.
“We created a lot of chances and played some good football, and I’m free to travel on the pitch when we play like that and for me it’s about looking for space in-behind - I had a few chances but couldn’t take one.
“I’m more used to playing on the left-hand side and cutting in on my right foot, so Saturday was a little different for me, but it’s good because all the forward players know how we move individually but we had to take one of the chances we created.
The loss was only the fourth that Chris Hughton’s side have suffered on home soil so far this season, but the January arrival from PSV Eindhoven emphasised the importance of reacting next weekend when the side host Huddersfield Town at the Amex Stadium.
“The main feeling in the changing room is disappointment, I think we were the better team.
“We showed the fans that we’re looking to play good football, but from now until the end of the season all of our remaining seven games are important.
“I think we have to react now after Saturday – Huddersfield here next week is a game we need to get points from now.
The hosts missed a penalty at 0-0 when Glenn Murray saw his spot-kick saved by Kasper Schmeichel after Jose Izquierdo had been fouled in the area, and Locadia stressed the need to put the miss behind them, whilst also revealing that the fellow forward had helped him settle in England.
“Glenn is a really good professional and you always feel for a fellow teammate when they miss a penalty.
“But our job is to continue pushing and I’m sure he’ll react well – he’s got the personality to do that and he’s very experienced.
“He’s helped me both on and off the pitch when I’ve been settling in – we talk a lot and he’s been a big help.”