Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dale Stephens was delighted to fire his first Premier League goal in last night’s 2-2 draw against West Ham United, but stressed his understanding towards the deeper role he plays within the team.
The 29-year-old opened the scoring with a wonderfully-executed half-volley against the Hammers, but Stephens and his team-mates were denied all three points after Marko Arnautovic’s second-half double.
“I know my role in this team, I’m not one of those midfielders that’s going to arrive in the box and score ten goals every season.
“I’d take a couple more between now and the end of the season, but my role is more of a screening, defensive role. I’m happy to do that as long as we’re performing well on the pitch.”
Shane Duffy had put the Seagulls 2-0 ahead before Arnautovic’s quick-fire brace, and Stephens admitted his frustration towards leaving the London Stadium with only a point.
“There’s a feeling of disappointment, we let a good two-goal margin slip. We were disappointed to not lead the game at half-time, especially when we played so well in the first half.
“When you concede the first one, you want to gather yourselves and defend well like we have done for most of the season, but a crazy ten minutes really cost us.
“When you come here and score two goals with 60 minutes played, you have to be disappointed to draw the game.”