Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross felt the side proved their quality against Manchester United, but was disappointed with the nature of the two goals conceded at Old Trafford.
Albion were undone by Paul Pogba’s penalty and Marcus Rashford’s strike before the break, and Gross feels the team can be proud of their reaction after half time in the narrow 2-1 defeat.
He said, “There were two decisions in the first half where we didn’t defend well enough, but we showed great character in the second half.
“Manchester United can score goals with the quality they have, and we perhaps made it easier for them with the goals we gave away.
“But at half time the gaffer said to us to imagine it’s still 0-0 and show we are a good side. We did that, but unfortunately it wasn’t good enough today.
“We definitely showed our qualities in the second half. You can also end up losing a game like this two, three, four or five nil, but we turned it the other way and tried to get something out of the game, and we believed until the end.”
The German scored his third goal in his last three appearances against United, and was pleased that his gamble inside the box paid off. He also feels that Albion’s displays are improving against the top six.
“It was a cross into the box, and I was speculating that the defender might make a touch to put the ball in my direction and then I tried to finish it.
“We’re getting closer [against the top six], but it’s still not good enough. We are working hard every day with the manager and we know there are some big games are coming for us. We’ll keep going.”
The 27-year-old also praised Lewis Dunk for another superb performance at the back alongside Shane Duffy, and believes the duo rank amongst the best defenders in the division.
“He’s an amazing player and an unbelievable defender. Like Shane, they are both top-level defenders, not just for Brighton, but also in the Premier League in general.”