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PROPPER DELIGHTED FOR FELLOW DUTCHMAN

26 December 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper reserved special praise for fellow countryman Jurgen Locadia following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Amex Stadium. 

Locadia latched onto the midfielder's long pass forward before rounding Bernd Leno and drawing the Seagulls level ten minutes before the break, and Propper spoke highly of his former PSV team-mate.

He said, “After the first 20 minutes we got going and put them under pressure, we managed to keep the margin at just one goal and stayed in the game which was very important.

“We grew into the contest and it was great to see Jurgen [Locadia] get his first goal of the season. I know him well from my time in Holland and he’s had to wait for his chance.

“Over the last two games he’s really been at it from the first minute and I’m really happy for him today. Now I’m looking forward to having him in the team and seeing him score a lot more.” 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had fired Arsenal ahead after seven minutes on the south coast, but Propper highlighted the character and determination Chris Hughton’s side showed to get themselves back into the contest.

“We can be happy with a point against a very strong side this afternoon, if we could have taken one of the chances we created and been a little bit more patient in front of goal, then it could have been even better.

“Entering the final stages, we looked like the more likely side to win it, that’s really good from our perspective and so we’re very satisfied today. 

“We showed really good character to bounce back, we are really confident in front of our fans - we’ve made it difficult for lots of sides here, and I feel like we are changing our performances on the road. 

“Perhaps in recent weeks those matches haven’t given us the points we deserve, but I know we’ll turn it around if we continue to play like we have been.”

Next on the agenda is the visit of Everton to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and the Dutchman buoyantly looked ahead to the contest against Marco Silva’s side. 

“It was important to get something from today’s match ahead of another big game on Saturday at home. 

“We managed to make it very difficult for every side here so far this season, and we’ll be looking to do the same again.

“We know their qualities and their recent games have been very high-scoring – we just have to be confident from today and hopefully we can get three points.”


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