Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 coach Simon Rusk shined positive light on his team’s display against Chelsea this evening, despite the Seagulls ending their Premier League 2 Division 1 season with a 2-1 defeat.
Ryan Longman drew Albion level in the opening half, before the Blues managed to find a second goal to win the game, but Rusk was quick to point out what his players should take away from their final match of the season.
He said, “In terms of how we moved the ball and how we played, I thought we were excellent for large parts of the game.
“I don’t think we deserved to lose, we deserved to get something out of it, but I was really disappointed to concede two goals from corners.
“It’s important for the boys to learn from that and we’ve spoken about the importance of concentrations levels.
“In the games against Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Everton earlier in the season, we’ve performed very well but lapsed in concentration on a couple of set-pieces.
“It’s one to learn from, but that’s what it is, development football. But in terms of how we acquitted ourselves in the game, I’m very pleased with large aspects of it.”
Rusk continued to speak positively about his team’s performance, touching on Longman’s first goal in the Premier League 2, before assessing his team’s overall achievement in their debut season in the top flight of under-23 football.
“There are far more positives than negatives tonight. Of course the scoreline is what the scoreline is, but when we reflect back on the game, we can be pleased with how we performed on the whole.
“Ryan popped up with a goal and it will do his confidence good going into next season. Danny Cashman also came off the bench towards the end.
“The players can be very pleased with how they’ve performed, even though we haven’t gone on to get the win or a point.
“We gave everything we had to try and win this league, but unfortunately just fell short. When we reflect on it, I think it’s been a brilliant season for us.”