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5 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Jason Steele in action for Albion at Kenilworth Road.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Jason Steele complimented his team-mates after last night’s narrow Checkatrade Trophy defeat at Luton Town, and highlighted the confidence Simon Rusk’s side should take from their hard-working display.

Steele was the only first-team player to feature in Albion’s Checkatrade Trophy tie at Kenilworth Road, and although the young Seagulls side were beaten 2-1, the shot-stopper praised the club’s youngsters for their performance against League One opposition.

He said, “I think it was a great night for the boys - not so much for me because I’ve been around the block, but I knew what was coming and I knew we’d be in for a tough night.

“I saw their team and knew a few of their players. I’d played against them over the years and knew they were a very good team - I think they’ll do well this year and that wasn’t even the regular starting team.

“It’s a massive positive for the boys to come here and give their all. They never gave in or threw in the towel - they came to battle, run and work, and that’s credit to them.

“Personally, it was nice to get a chance, and hopefully I’ve done myself justice and shown why the manager has brought me in.”

Steele made a string of fine saves to keep the Seagulls in the contest, and the summer arrival highlighted the togetherness of the players in front of him, as they continued to battle and almost held the Hatters to a draw.

“At times, they probably could have started arguing and blaming each other, but the way they stuck together and kept on encouraging was good to see.

“I tried to encourage the boys and, no matter what happened, keep patting them on the back and helping them along, because it was a tough night.

“I feel like they did themselves justice, and you never know, we might have nicked another goal right near the end.

“We were unlucky with the second goal - it was massively deflected and I felt like I was having one of those nights where it was going to take a good goal or a deflection to beat me.

“It was coming straight down my throat, but it hit Ben on the toe and went in. It’s harsh but it is what it is and that’s football.”

It was the second appearance for Steele in Rusk’s team this season, and the goalkeeper was pleased to see his team-mates tested against senior opposition, as they encountered a different type of game at Kenilworth Road.

“I played against Arsenal and it was very much an under-23 style game - they kept the ball and passed sideways, backwards, sideways, backwards.

“They didn’t have as many decisions to make against Arsenal, whereas tonight felt like a more intense game and we had to dig in at times.

“For a group of young lads, they performed excellently and I certainly think some of them will have a bright future.”

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