Date: 23rd August 2017 at 7:41pm
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Youngster James Tilley has reflected on scoring his maiden Brighton goal in our EFL Cup victory over Barnet on Tuesday evening.

The 19 year old winger had made his debut for Brighton back in 2015, but he came off the bench at the Amex in the Cup tie, and scored the only goal of the game – his first senior strike – and speaking to the Official Site following the game, he was obviously pleased with his contribution and he was delighted that his family were in the stands as that made it a prouder experience for him.

‘I knew that I was going to be involved a few days ago, so I`ve been training with the first team since then. I didn`t expect to come on as soon as I did and I had a few butterflies coming on, but obviously it was good to get a few minutes and score the goal.’

He went on to add.

‘I saw the play build up down the left-hand side and I thought if I got to the back post then it might drop to me. Luckily it took a few deflections and dropped perfectly for me. My mum and dad were in the crowd, and it was brilliant for them to see that at the Amex.’

Having worked his way through our youth ranks, Tilley went on to say that Solly March was certainly an ideal role model as he looks to become a regular first teamer himself.

‘I signed here for the under-12s and then worked my way up to the under-23s, so I have been here for seven or eight years. I`ve been working hard through the age groups and got my opportunity. I just need to keep working hard every day in training and wait for the opportunity when it comes. Solly gives me someone to look up to, as someone who`s also been up through the ranks. Hopefully one day I can be like him as well.’

Tilley also praised Chris Hughton for his encouragement ahead of the game and following the game.

‘He was delighted for me to score the goal and just told me to keep working hard on a few bits and pieces of my game. I need to step it up another level, and hopefully if I keep working hard in training, I`ll get another opportunity. When I made my debut, I was only 16, so I knew that I wasn`t going to be involved in the first-team regularly. I just knew that if I kept my head down and worked hard, then another opportunity would come eventually.’

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