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10 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Liam Rosenior takes the warm-up at the Broadfield Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion professional development coach Liam Rosenior applauded the club’s under-23 side for their eye-catching unbeaten start to their debut Premier League 2 Division 1 season.

The Seagulls recorded three consecutive draws against Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, before sealing an emphatic 5-0 victory over Manchester City, and Rosenior praised the players for rising to the challenge so far.

He said, “There’s a big difference between the second league and the top league in under-23s football. What’s been great is the standard of teams that we’re playing against.

“We’re playing against some of the best young players in the world, and the players have taken that challenge on board this season.

“We’ve been delighted with the performances, no matter what the result. Even at Luton last Tuesday, the lads dug in against a strong, experienced team.

“If their performance levels continue as they are, they’ll surprise themselves. They won’t surprise me, though, because when players are exposed to levels, they can show their true ability.

“I’m a big believer in that - you have to give young players the chance to actually see what they’ve got. It’s almost a sink-or-swim environment, and so far the lads have done incredibly well.”

After four unbeaten games in the league, the Seagulls were narrowly beaten by League One opponents Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy, and Rosenior identified what the players can take from the experience.

“They would have learned lessons on Tuesday that they would never have learned playing academy games or from us coaching them on the training pitch.

“They saw what it takes to be a professional. I mean that in terms of strength and the intensity of the game. Jonesy [Nathan Jones] is doing a great job at Luton, they got promoted last season and will challenge this season.

“As far as an exercise in learning can go, that was the best possible team we could have played on Tuesday. I’m sure the players will improve from that and realise what it takes to be a professional footballer.”

Also, Liam Rosenior spoke to Seagulls TV about his new role at the club and subscribers can watch the interview below…

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