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GROSS: DRAW WOULD HAVE BEEN FAIR

14 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross looks to keep hold of possession for the Seagulls.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross explained that amid personal frustration, his team-mates deserved to come away with a point from their 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.

The Seagulls were narrowly beaten after Mohamed Salah converted a second-half penalty, and Gross came away from the Amex feeling hard done by, after an encouraging display against the Premier League leaders.

He said, “It was a really good performance from us, and I think a draw would have been a fair result. In the end they had more of the ball and they are a great team, but we defended very well.

“We want to defend well but we then need to have an outlet, whether that's Glenn [Murray], the wingers or myself. We tried our best to keep the ball and create our own chances.”

Referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot after Gross was adjudged to have upended Salah, and Albion’s number 13 gave his thoughts on the incident.

"Normally we don’t want to let him in on his strong foot and we don’t want to defend against him without support, but it can happen in the game."



Nevertheless, Gross believes there were plenty of positives to take ahead of Albion’s game against Manchester United at Old Trafford next weekend.

“We worked incredibly hard and it was tough for them to get through. They have brilliant players but we defended as a team, and everyone from the front to the back put in a good performance.

“Personally, I’m disappointed as it was a great team performance and in the end the penalty was conceded by me. But we are still improving. The manager will speak to us and we’ll then look forward.”


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