Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk admitted that the side let Leicester City back into the contest after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium.
Chris Hughton’s side had taken a first-half lead when Glenn Murray headed home, before Jamie Vardy levelled from the penalty spot 11 minutes from time to mean the spoils were shared between Albion and the ten-man Foxes.
He said, “We’re frustrated with ourselves. They deserved the point and we didn’t deserve any more than that.
“The red card has actually worked in their favour, because until then we were on top. But we got too relaxed and perhaps felt it was over, but it’s never over in this division because every side has quality to punish you.
“The turnaround within the game is hard to explain, it’s just one of those games where we took our foot off the pedal – they brought players on who gave them a new energy and it’s very disappointing.”
The central defender returned to Premier League action having made his England debut against USA at Wembley Stadium, and he reflected positively on a busy period.
“The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, but I just want that to continue.
“My focus is firmly on here now – there isn’t an international break until March and we have a busy Christmas period in a tough league.
“I feel like I’m doing well but you can always do better, it’s up to me to keep working hard to stay there now – I’ve had the taste of England that drives you on with a hunger.”
The side travel to Huddersfield Town next weekend looking to get back to winning ways in the top flight, and Dunk previewed the contest in Yorkshire as well as the notoriously busy festive period.
“These next few games are big, we know that – we’ve had a little blip, but we have to make sure we get a win next weekend.
“It’s a big game for both sides, it’s a tough place to go but we’ll be working hard this week on the training ground to rectify today.
“We need to be ready to battle and fight on Saturday but it’s also about playing football – we did that for the first half an hour but then stopped. That period in the game showed how good we can be and those are the levels we have to reach every week.”