Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh was pleased to get some valuable game time under his belt in the under-23s' 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
The Iranian played the entirety of the contest in the capital that saw Aaron Connolly's injury-time strike earn the Seagulls a share of the spoils, and he reflected positively on the evening.
He said, “It was a good game and we performed well away from home.
“The four of us from the first team tried to keep talking to the boys out on the field and use our experience to help them, because we had that responsibility.
“We tried to control the game and for me personally it was important to get some more minutes against a good Arsenal side.”
Jahanbakhsh came off the bench against Watford at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the campaign to make his league debut.
The 90 minutes for Simon Rusk’s men on Monday was his first full game since arriving at the club at the end of last month, and he stressed that he’s now feeling fully up to speed, having begun preparations for the new campaign a little later than the rest of the side.
“I've had a good last few weeks in training with the rest of the team.
“I have been working hard to try and get in good shape, so that I'll be ready to help the side whenever the manager asks me to.
“I missed a lot of games and time to train in pre-season, but I’ve just worked hard to get back up to a decent level, and I feel very good at the moment.”
Next up for Albion is a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday evening and after last weekend’s home win over Manchester United at the Amex Stadium, Jahanbakhsh believes the Seagulls can head to Merseyside feeling optimistic.
“We can go there with confidence this weekend after Sunday’s win – even though I wasn’t involved, it was really great to see the boys play so well at home.
“This weekend is a big game again for us and a tough one, but we can take lots of positives as a side.
“We go into every game looking to get some points and Saturday will be exactly the same – we travel there in good spirits and hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves.”