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5 February 2019

Kieran Cleeves
David Button spoke to the media ahead of Albion's trip to the Hawthorns.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Button stressed that he has no regrets about turning down first-choice opportunities in the second tier to join the Seagulls last summer, and is fully focused on pushing Maty Ryan all the way.

Button has returned to the bench since his team-mate’s return from the Asian Cup, but ahead of Wednesday’s Emirates FA cup fourth-round replay against West Bromwich Albion, the shot-stopper spoke confidently about his decision to move south.

He said, “I’ve loved every minute since I’ve come in, it’s a great club to be at and fulfilling that dream of playing in the Premier League was the massive carrot that drew me here.

“Obviously it can be tough at times, when you train all week and there’s nothing at the end of it for you, but I’m really pleased with my decision, and hopefully there will be more to come.

“There are obviously other ways to improve in training, and that’s what I’ve aimed to do this season. Hopefully I can progress and eventually get into the team a little bit more.”

The 29-year-old is likely to start in goal for Chris Hughton’s side at the Hawthorns, after keeping a clean sheet in the first game between the sides, and he believes a good opportunity lies ahead for the winners.

“You don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself, and obviously there are no easy games, but with the way the draw has been and the teams that have gone out already, it could be a good year for teams like ourselves to progress and do quite well in the tournament.”

“For the players and fans, it showed with the attendance we had in the first game — it still means a lot to them [the FA Cup]. It’s going to be a very tricky game, but one that we’re looking to overcome.

“It’s going to be an opportunity for me to get my games now, so obviously the more we play the better it will be for me.

“It will be nice to get through, however that happens. Obviously a penalty shootout is a chance for a goalkeeper to be a hero, but at the same time it’s a bit of a lottery. I’d rather us win in normal time.”

Button played four Premier League matches across December and January, helping the Seagulls to four points from those games, and he spoke of the enjoyment he took from his run in the side.

“I loved every minute that I played, hopefully I showed everyone what I can do and held my own. Hopefully the opportunities will come again for me.

“To get to play at Old Trafford, and also against Liverpool, and West Ham at the London Stadium, it was a nice run of games for me and nice to start off with the clean sheet [against Everton].

“It’s about knowing that anything can happen at any point, and you’ve got to be ready to show what you’re capable of."

Fans can watch the goalkeeper's full look ahead to tomorrow night’s game against West Bromwich Albion for free on Seagulls TV – supporters can sign up to the service by clicking here.

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