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11 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion under-23 coach Simon Rusk heads for the dugout.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 coach Simon Rusk felt his team created enough chances to take at least a point from their game against Leicester City, but admitted a clinical touch was missing from their performance.

The Seagulls were beaten 1-0 by the Foxes after Josh Knight’s first-half header broke the deadlock, and Rusk pointed out the fine margins that made the difference after a closely-contested match on the south coast.

He said, “I thought we started the game well — the first 20 minutes was as good as we’ve played this season, but we didn’t get the goal we needed at that stage of the game.

“Credit to Leicester, they had their own spell for 15 minutes and got the goal. We came back into the game again and were quite dominant in the second half, but it just wasn’t our night in front of goal.

“We created enough in the game and I absolutely think we deserved something out of it. We just needed a little more quality and composure in the right moments.

“We’re frustrated and a bit disappointed, but looking at how Leicester play and how we play, it was always going to be a tight game.”

Albion almost hit back through Viktor Gyokeres moments after Leicester’s winning goal, but Rusk highlighted the removal of pressure that came with Knight’s 34th-minute header, as the Foxes protected their slender lead.

“We’re disappointed with the set-piece goal we conceded and tactically they were able to wait and pounce on mistakes, rather than coming out aggressively to press us.

“It was always going to be tough from then on, because we had the fine balance of not conceding more but still doing all we could to get a goal back.

“Leicester are physically robust, have good pace and strength in full-back areas, and it was certainly a difficult game for us.

“We’ve now got to dust ourselves down — we have the Sussex Senior Cup game against Hastings and then a big league game on Saturday at West Ham.”

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