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2 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Bernardo in action against West Ham United.
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo believes the side was the better team and unfortunate not to come away with all three points in tonight’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United.
Albion took a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Dale Stephens and Shane Duffy, but Marko Arnautovic struck twice to wipe out the deficit and claim a share of the spoils.
He said, “I’m disappointed, but if someone offered me 2-2 before the game I would take it because they’re a very good team and we’re playing away from home.
“Now is not the best feeling because we went two goals in front, were playing well and in five minutes it all changed. It was a blackout from our side, but we deserved to win with what we showed overall.
“A win today would’ve put us in tenth and that could’ve made a big difference. It’s very tight in England, but in the end it balances itself out and there will be matches that we’re not supposed to win and we do.
“We could be a bit higher, but there’s such a small difference between tenth and where we are now in 13th.” 
The Brazilian was taken off in the 73rd minute after suffering a knock to his hamstring, which he feels may have come in the build up to West Ham’s second goal. Despite being withdrawn, the full-back doesn’t believe it is too serious.
“I don’t know if it happened when I stretched my leg and tried to block the cross or if it was during the sprint beforehand.
“When I stood up, I felt really tight, I could run and walk normally, but it was burning a bit. It doesn’t seem that bad because I could do all the movements, but I will know more in the morning when they check it.
“I tried my best with the second goal, but it was not enough. He’s [Michail Antonio] a very physical player, and we were very close to each other in the sprint.
“Then in the last second he touched me, I lost my balance and he managed to make a pass that led to a goal.” 
That draw with the Hammers means Albion have taken five points from the last three games, and the full-back feels they can be satisfied with their festive haul.
“Overall we have done very well. We played against some very good teams, we showed character and were more confident.
“We tried to take a bit more control in these three games, and I think we’ve done a good job. Overall today’s a bit frustrating, but the last three games have been good.”

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