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19 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Joe Tomlinson on the training field with Albion's under-23s.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 defender Joe Tomlinson is thoroughly enjoying the benefits of testing himself in various competitions this season, ahead of tonight’s Sussex Senior Cup quarter-final against Eastbourne Town.

Tomlinson featured for the Seagulls in victories over Lewes and Hastings United in previous rounds of the competition, and is likely to collect more game time at The Saffrons this evening, as Simon Rusk’s side look to reach the final four.

The 18-year-old has already played 29 matches during his loan at Bognor Regis Town this season — the side Albion could meet in the semi-finals — and he spoke fondly about the various challenges he’s coming up against.

He said, “It’s been a really good competition to play in — obviously I’ve been playing men’s football at Bognor on loan, so to bring that experience with me into the Sussex Senior Cup has helped.

“There’s a brilliant mix of challenges between playing in the Premier League 2 and Sussex Senior Cup. The games are very different and it’s been great to test myself in all areas.

“The loan has helped me so much, especially with my physicality and playing against grown men. I’ve learned tricks from the experienced guys — they’ve helped me along the way.

“You can’t underestimate any team — anything can happen in football. We have to go to Eastbourne, match them physically, play our own game and not allow them to dictate the match.”

Six days after playing for the Rocks in the Bostik Premier Division, Tomlinson returned to the Seagulls to make his second appearance for Rusk’s side in the Premier League 2 Division 1.

His assured performance in defence helped Albion claim an excellent 1-0 victory over Manchester City, and he reflected on Friday night’s disciplined display at the Academy Stadium.

“I was really happy with the overall performance. It was a great result against a very good team — hopefully we can continue to push on in the league.

“We’ve had a few injuries and some players have gone out on loan, so I was grateful to come in and help the team get the three points and a clean sheet.

“We had to do a lot of defending, but we were very solid and didn’t give them many clear-cut chances. There was a feeling of relief at the end, because we played so well and deserved the win.”

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