Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 coach Simon Rusk focused on the positives after Monday night’s 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers, highlighting his team’s involvement in the race for the Premier League 2 Division 1 title.
The Seagulls found themselves 2-0 ahead against Rovers at the Leyland County Ground, but the hosts hit back with two goals in the second half, and Rusk commented on the pressure his players were put under.
He said, “I thought we were really good in the first half, we scored some really good goals and looked a real threat going forward.
“But you see it time and time again in football, goals change the momentum in games. It was a bit of a freak goal from our point of view, straight after half-time.
“It gave Blackburn a lot of momentum and energy — we found it hard to break that pattern in the second half.
“But in the end, we have to be pleased with getting something out of the game. Of course we’re disappointed to let a two-goal lead slip and not get the win, but that sometimes happens.
“We’re still in it, we’ve got an opportunity to keep the pressure on Everton and obviously that’s a massive positive.”
Albion’s draw kept them four points behind league leaders Everton with three matches remaining, and Rusk insists his players are continuing to learn while challenging for top spot.
“We’ve got our way of playing and we’re not changing any of our beliefs — we’ve still got players to develop and from that aspect there were loads of really good learning points.
“If the momentum swings in the direction of your opponent, you’ve got to find a way to manage that and wrestle it back.
“I thought there were a lot of good individual performances and the fashion of our goals was very good — they were team goals.
“The draw keeps us in the hunt and we can look forward to the last three league games of the season.”