De Zerbi: Draw a fair result

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Albion's head coach reflects on the 1-1 draw at Burnley.

By Bruce Talbot • 13 April 2024

By Paul Hazlewood
Roberto De Zerbi shouts instructions on the touchline at Turf Moor.

Roberto De Zerbi felt Albion’s 1-1 draw at Turf Moor was a fair result.

An own goal by Clarets’ keeper Arijanet Muric with 11 minutes to go drew Albion level after Burnley had gone in front three minutes earlier through Josh Brownhill. Albion stay ninth, but are six points off the last European qualification position.

“It is a fair result,” said De Zerbi. “We didn’t deserve to win or lose. I think in this moment Brighton are like this. We are trying to win and play better but it is clear we are spending a tough moment because we have a lot of injuries.

“We suffered in the first 20 minutes but after that time I think we played a good game, not great but we are not in the right condition to play great games at this time. It’s a tough moment but we have to fight and play with pride.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Jakub Moder can't believe it after a late chance went begging at Turf Moor.

Burnley’s goal came after Carlos Baleba played a back pass short but De Zerbi was full of praise for his young midfielder who produced an energetic midfield performance.

“Baleba is very young and we have to give him time to improve but potentially he is a very important player for the club,” added De Zerbi. “Next season he can become better.”

De Zerbi said it will be a few days before he knows the extent of the ankle injury which forced Pervis Estupinan off in the first half. Albion are back in action on 25 April at home to Manchester City.

“It has been a tough season for the players who have played a lot of games: Pascal Gross, Jan Paul van Hecke, Lewis Dunk and Danny Welbeck," he added. "I hope we can recover a few players before the next game. We have to play with pride and fight hard in every situation in the last [six] games of the season.”

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