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MARCH IN THE MIDDLE

17 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Solly March in action during the win against Newcastle United last month.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Solly March believes that his recent role in a central position for the side can only benefit his understanding of the game. 

The youth team product has started the last five Premier League contests in behind a central striker for Chris Hughton’s men – claiming two assists in as many matches for Lewis Dunk against Everton and Cardiff City respectively.

He said, “I’ve got a couple of assists now in that position and it’s a role I’m enjoying – it’s felt more successful in the last few weeks which is to be expected, so the more I play it the better I’ll get. 

“It’s about learning the differences in positioning between there in the more central role as opposed to out on the wing. 

“It’s about learning when and where to get on the ball in certain areas, but there’s also work to be done there, out of possession especially – about when to press and when to pick up certain players, but it’s getting better all the time.”

March played the number ten role throughout October as the Seagulls claimed three victories from as many matches – and he insisted that his perception of the game has improved since taking up the new position. 

“All the coaches have been helping me and everyone’s been helping me out as much as they can.

“The more positions you play in the more you’ll learn about the game. 

“It’s another string to my bow – if I go back to playing on the wing I’ll have a better appreciation of where those spaces are in the middle of the field and that will only help my game from wide areas.”

Last weekend’s game against Cardiff City saw Albion fall to a late 2-1 defeat in South Wales, and the midfielder emphasised the need to move on quickly after the international break when the team host Leicester City in the Premier League.

“The way we lost it late on was tough – but it means that the game against Leicester City next Saturday becomes even more important because that’s our chance to bounce back.

“We battled well and to not be able to get a point after going down to ten men and holding on for so long was tough to take.

“It’s a big game at home – that’s where we’re strong, so we’ll be looking to get points.”


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