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10 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Robert Sanchez and Ben Roberts.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts believes Robert Sanchez has benefitted from understanding the pressures of senior football, after the Spanish shot-stopper returned from his loan spell at Forest Green Rovers.

Sanchez made 17 appearances for Mark Cooper’s team in Sky Bet League Two this season, and Roberts touched on the increased focus around performances that the 21-year-old has had to contend with.

He said, “This period has been invaluable for him — he now understands what playing league football is all about.

“Your goals get shown every Saturday night on TV, you’re judged in the newspapers and by the crowd, it’s totally different to playing under-23s football.

“Your saves are never shown on TV, they never show when you come and take a cross, when you show good bits of distribution — they just show the goals you concede.

“Young goalkeepers need to get used to that. They need to develop thick skin, be philosophical about it and understand the process of growing up and getting this experience.”

Sanchez has returned from The New Lawn to provide additional cover for first-team goalkeepers David Button and Jason Steele, and Roberts praised the League Two outfit for playing their part in the loan move.

“We had really good communication with Forest Green, they were excellent with him and also in the communication with both myself and David Weir.

“I went to Forest Green several times and he’s come back to train with us quite a lot as well, so it’s not like we send him away and I don’t see him for six months — I see him all the time.

“Certain things have happened during this loan spell, both positive and negative, but we’ve been on top of everything since he went.

“Rob is now back with us and it’s about getting him used to the speed of our training once again.”

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