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3 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Simon Rusk congratulates goalscorer Bojan Radulovic as he comes off the pitch.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 coach Simon Rusk highlighted the improvement in decision-making that led to a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon, as Bojan Radulovic fired a brace for the Seagulls.

The forward, who started his first match since returning from his loan at RCD Espanyol B, scored either side of half-time to secure three points, and Rusk was delighted with his team’s decisions in front of goal

He said, “We spoke after the Bayern Munich game about decision-making on the pitch, and the second goal in particular was a sequence of unselfish decisions.

“Bojan ended up one-v-one as a result of some unselfish play from Danny Cashman and Peter Gwargis, and it turned out to be a really pleasing day for the team.

“Bojan came back into the side today and he hasn’t played much football recently, so the goals will certainly do him some good.”

Albion’s convicting victory moved them up into second position in the Premier League 2 Division 1, and Rusk felt there were plenty of positives to take away from the game, both offensively and defensively.

“I thought it was a really hard-earned win. The first half was a good game of football, both teams had a bit of quality and tempo about them.

“We obviously got the break with a goal from a set-piece, and then I thought Tottenham had lots of the ball in the second half but we defended really well as a team.

“We showed good concentration levels and were nice and resilient, and then showed a threat on the counter.

“It was a really good win in the end and there were lots of pleasing aspects to take from the performance.”

Rusk included a handful of under-18 players in the starting line-up against Spurs, and he was impressed by the contribution they made, as the Seagulls kept their third clean sheet in the league this season.

“We’re a little bit of a team in transition at the minute — we had four under-18s in the side today, similar to the game against Bayern Munich.

“To get two goals and a clean sheet in this period, where we’re kind of re-gelling as a group, it’s really encouraging.”

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