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HEMED TAKES THE POSITIVES

21 January 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Tomer Hemed

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed explained that the side can take the positives from their performance, despite a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea yesterday.

The Israeli international felt Albion reacted well after conceding twice in the opening five minutes, and believes it could’ve been a different game if referee Jonathan Moss had awarded the team two penalties in the first half.

He said, "After the two goals we started to play well, pressed and had two penalty shouts, which from the pitch looked like penalties, but I don’t know what it looks like from the TV.

“If we should’ve got a penalty then that’s disappointing. In this kind of game where we don’t get a lot of chances, it could’ve helped us, but the referee decided not to give it.

“But now we have to look forward and be better for the next game.”

Hemed enjoyed playing in a 3-5-1-1 formation and explained how it gives him more licence to affect play at the top end of the pitch.

“We changed the system a little bit for this game, and I think we can take some good things today from it.

“For me as an attacking player it gives you more confidence and more freedom to do something attacking wise when you know you’ve got three central defenders.

“We looked good with this tactic and we’ll see if we can keep playing like that.”

The striker also paid tribute to Eden Hazard following his brace on the south coast, and admits the Belgian’s extra quality was the difference.

“At this level there are some amazing players and Hazard is one of the best players in the world.

“Sometimes you do everything and you still can’t stop him. For us in these kind of games you try to do your best, but it’s not enough.

“We can take some good things from today, but we need to learn and move forward.” 


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