Date: 7th April 2015 at 10:27am
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On loan Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol made his full debut for Brighton in yesterday’s loss to Rotherham, and whilst disappointed with the result, he was pleased to have made his club bow since coming into the club.

Hear Hughton & Carayol Talk Rotherham (click here)

The 26 year old returned to competitive pitch action for the first time in 13 months yesterday as he debuted for us, and in knowing that it was a first step back from a long term knee injury, he knew there was a lot more to come from him as match fitness and confidence and form returns to him.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game he explained.

‘It went ok for me personally. I was trying to get back into the swing of things as I`ve not played for 13 months. This was possibly the last hurdle that I needed to get over to know that I can actually play and feel okay. For me, it was just good to be out there and try to compete with everyone else. The result wasn`t right for us, but I felt in the second half we controlled the game a bit more and we had a few half chances where we could have maybe nicked something. We tried to get it out wide a lot which helps me and I`m always going to try to be positive. I was trying to play with Joe Bennett out wide and I put in a few crosses. I always try and make chances for the strikers.’

Carayol does go on to say though that there was a lot of frustration with the game, not only the chances we didn’t quite manage to fashion but also with the manner of the ‘cheap’ goal we gave away early doors.

‘There was a lot of frustration because we felt we gave them a really cheap goal when we were having the best of the play, but that`s football. We`ve just got to put that game behind us because we have a really tough match on Friday against Bournemouth.’

With Carayol being on loan with us until the end of the season, he went on to admit that manager Chris Hughton had took a gamble with him because of how long he’s been out but that just makes him more determined to play an important part for us over the remaining games.

‘I`m just concentrating on getting as many games as I can and try and help the gaffer, who has shown a lot of faith by bringing me here without playing any games – on his part it was a big risk. I`m here to try and help the team finish as strongly as possible and we`ll see what happens in the future. I`m settling in fine as well. It’s good to be down south and the weather has been decent as well. All the boys are good, the staff are really friendly and everyone has made me feel welcome, so I`m happy.’

So an easy tie against Bournemouth next on the horizon!

‘We know that Bournemouth are a hard team to play against, so I`m expecting a really tough game but we have to go out there and enjoy it by putting in a good performance.’

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