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10 October 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Connolly fires Albion's first goal against Peterborough United.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 striker Aaron Connolly felt the team got exactly what they deserved from last night’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Peterborough United, as they claimed two points to get off the mark in the competition.

Simon Rusk’s side recovered from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 before winning the following penalty shootout for an additional point, and Connolly, who fired home Albion’s first goal and winning spot-kick, praised his team-mates for showing their character.

He said, “It was a tough game to play in, they’re second in League One, but to come back from 2-0 down was great. It was a good shift from the boys and scoring made it even better.

“I thought we were on top for most of the first half, so we were gutted to go in 1-0 down. It was a kick to the stomach when the second goal went in after the break.

“Usually the game runs away from you when you’re 2-0 down against a team like Peterborough, but we've shown character to come back late in previous matches against Leicester and Arsenal [under-23s].

“We knew that we could come back, so to do it again and then win on penalties was even better.”

The Irishman netted his seventh goal of the season and second in the Checkatrade Trophy, and he reflected on his strike at the ABAX Stadium, which nestled into the bottom corner from outside the box.

“It was a good ball from Peter [Gwargis] to open up the space, he changed the game when he came on and got on the ball quite a bit.

“My first thought was to come inside and hit it, and thankfully it ended up in the back of the net.

“I think that’s the first one I’ve scored from outside the box for Brighton. I don’t really score many like that, but when chances come up inside the box, hopefully I can put them away as well.

“I know I’m going to have to feed off scraps at times, but I’m happy to do a shift for the team. If I can get my goals and get the boys into positions to score, then I’m happy to do it.”

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