Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 defender Ben Barclay was the side’s matchwinner on Friday evening in the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers, and was delighted to play a crucial part in the victory.
Simon Rusk’s side recovered from an early goal deficit to seal a success that moves them up to third in the Premier League 2 Division 1 table, and Barclay spoke buoyantly about his winning header a minute from time.
He said, “I was really pleased to score the winning goal - I was in the right place at the right time in a crucial point of the game and it’s a situation where we’ve been strong this season.
“I think we knew we’d get a few more opportunities in the game late on, and Jordan [Davies] delivered a great corner – we took our time to set it up and made sure we got it right.
“We’ve been working on it all season – I’m always confident when I go up for set-pieces because I feel I’m strong physically, so it was good to ge one today.”
Okera Simmonds had fired the visiting side ahead with a free-kick in the third minute at the Amex Stadium, but second half goals from Aaron Connolly and Barclay after the restart turned the game on its head on the south coast – with the defender reflecting honestly on the contest.
“We had a bit of a slow start and knew we had to improve.
“We managed to score midway through the second half to get ourselves back into the game and started to play better.
“Then we got the winning goal from a set-piece and that’s pleasing because we’ve done well on the whole from them so far this season - we came out after the break with more purpose and moved the ball much quicker.”
Rusk’s side made it back-to-back comeback home league victories at the Amex Stadium with the win over Rovers following last month’s three points over West Ham United by the same scoreline.
Barclay highlighted that they the two results were a reflection of the character within the squad.
“We’ve come from behind on more than one occasion here already this season and that says a lot about the character within the squad.
“There’s been games where we’ve improved after slow starts when we haven’t been at our best.
“We’ve got a quick turnaround now ahead of Monday evening against Benfica in the Premier League International Cup – we’ll be out on the pitch for light work on Sunday and be prepared for the game.”