Brighton & Hove Albion defender Dan Burn believes he made the most of his opportunity on his debut for the club, after his man-of-the-match display in today's goalless draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Burn put in a solid display at the heart of Albion’s defence alongside Shane Duffy, and despite the disappointing result, he admitted a draw was probably a fair result.
He said, "I'm pleased with my performance. Obviously I’m not going to get many opportunities here as we’ve got good international centre-halves, and it’s up to me to take my chance when it comes.
“Thankfully I did that. Performance-wise, I thought the lads had a lot of the ball, but probably didn’t do enough with it. West Brom were probably good value for the draw.
“There’s a bit of frustration, as we’ve got quality players and we know we’re better than that. We had enough balls in and around the box, but we didn’t really trouble their keeper.
“That was disappointing from our side, and I thought they were threatening on the attack, as our back six, including Dale [Stephens] and Davy [Propper], did well to stop them from taking the win.
“We probably could’ve done without the replay, but we want to be in the next round of the cup and on a personal note, it means I can possibly get another game. I would’ve loved to have gone through, but I’m glad we kept a clean sheet and we’re still in the cup."
The centre-back was pleased to play alongside Duffy, and is relishing the strong competition for places in the defensive berths.
“I did enjoy it, and I’ve played against Shane quite a few times throughout my career. It was nice to be out there again with him.
“He’s a very good centre-half, as is Dunky [Lewis Dunk] and Leon [Balogun] as well. It’s a tough one for me, but I do like a challenge and I’m happy to push the boys along.”
Albion’s focus now turns to a Premier League match away at Fulham on Tuesday night, and Burn is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces at Craven Cottage.
“I had a great time at Fulham and towards the end it went a bit downhill, but when I first went there, it was a very good club and it was nice to see them go up.
“I’ve still got a few friends there and it will be good to see them on Tuesday if I’m involved. Hopefully we can get a win. It’s a lovely place to play, with the Cottage down by the river.
“I’m sure it will be a great football match with two strong teams and I’m hoping we take the win.”