Date: 21st December 2015 at 5:20pm
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Centre half Connor Goldson made his long awaited first team debut for Brighton in the three nil defeat to Middlesbrough at the weekend and speaking to the media after the game, he admitted it was very much a case of mixed emotions as he’d have hoped for a better result on his Seagull’s bow.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, the summer signing from Shrewsbury Town explained.

‘It was good to make my debut; it`s been a long time coming of course and obviously I would`ve preferred it to come in a game where we`ve won and not come off losing 3-0. The game was a little bit dead by the time I came on. Their third goal came straight away and it killed the game and the atmosphere. But I`m happy to play for Brighton and I`m grateful I had a chance to play. Obviously I am used to playing games, but I understand that the team has been flying and we`ve been doing really well so I hold no grudges at not being played.’

The 23 year old went on to credit the quality that Middlesbrough showed on the day, but he did say that at half time he felt we could’ve got back into the match, we just needed that goal to lift everybody and give them a bit of a doubt.

‘They are a good side defensively, they looked solid for the whole game and we didn`t look like we were going to break them down. That`s how they play, they looked to counter us early on which made the game very hard. But they scored twice in 45 minutes, so we thought to ourselves, ‘why can`t we do that?’ Once the third goal goes in, it`s always going to be very hard. We still tried to give it a right go until the end, but it was too late.’

With games coming quickly now over the Christmas period, Goldson ended his interview by saying that it was vital that Brighton bounced back in the proper way and got a positive result in the next match.

‘I don`t think anyone would expect us to go 46 games unbeaten. It was always going to end. We went into every game thinking that we could win though, but Middlesbrough came here, defended very well, had good shape and they`ve caught us out a few times on set pieces. All great teams lose a game. It`s about how you bounce back and don`t let it go on or disrupt the camp. Hopefully we can bounce back in the next game.’

Goalkeeper David Stockdale was also briefly interviewed by the BBC following the game and he said it was all about character now having suffered a defeat.

‘The big one is how we bounce back from a loss. Nobody wanted to lose this unbeaten run because it has been fantastic. The real test starts now. I’m happy to be here before Christmas and we’ve had one loss. Let’s focus on the fact we’ve shown nothing short of brilliance to get to that. We need to take that losing feeling and make sure it doesn’t happen again.’

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