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13 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
David Button in action against Liverpool at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Button believes that the side did enough to take something from yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Premier League leaders Liverpool at the Amex Stadium.

A second-half penalty from Mohamed Salah was the difference in a tight contest on the south coast, and the 29-year-old felt the team’s performance merited more. 

He said, “There’s a lot of frustration because we feel like we deserved something from the game.

“We limited their chances and had our own opportunities, so it is quite hard to take.

“I didn’t feel like I had too much to do either, we have a great defence who set up really strongly – especially at home.”

Chris Hughton’s side played out the same scoreline with the table toppers when the two sides met at Anfield back in August at the start of the season, and Button praised the way the home side stuck to their game plan against Jurgen Klopp’s men.

“The game plan was always to keep it tight and hit them on the counter – we knew they would have the majority of the possession.

“Then it was about dealing with their movement in attack and not letting them pick out their passes in midfield.

“We executed it for the majority of the game but didn’t get the rub of the green.”

Pascal Gross was adjudged to have fouled the Salah in the penalty area a few minutes after the restart in the game’s decisive moment, and the Egyptian stepped up to fire past the Albion stopper and into the corner of the net. 

“I guessed the right way with the penalty – when you get a slight touch on the ball you do think what could have been, but it went in and I thought we reacted really well.

“I saw a lot of the ball at my feet – that’s something I’m used to and quite comfortable with, so it’s no problem.

“We’ve got another big and tough game next Saturday now that we have to prepare for – we can take a lot of positives from how we’ve done, and we have to dust ourselves down and go again – hopefully we can get something from the game.”

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