Brighton & Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior felt the opening goal was always going to be important in their 2-0 defeat to Leeds United yesterday, but urged his team-mates to quickly put the result behind them.
Chris Wood scored twice to seal all three points for the Whites at Elland Road, and Rosenior gave credit to the former Albion striker for his opening goal after a number of chances went untaken.
He said, “It was an even game and it was about whoever got that first goal. It was a fantastic header from Chris Wood, and when you’ve got confidence like that, those chances tend to go in.
“In the first half, there wasn’t much goalmouth action from either side, which you’re happy with as the away team. You know the game’s going to open up, and if we had taken our chances, it could have been different.
“We’re frustrated because we didn’t win the game ourselves. We’re concentrating on ourselves and not concentrating on what any other team does.
“The game’s gone now. We’ve got two weeks to rest, recuperate and go again. We’re still in a fantastic position to do what we want to do.”
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Albion loanee Fikayo Tomori was penalised for a foul inside the box, which led to Wood’s second goal, but Rosenior praised the full-back for his all-round performance.
“Fikayo, who I thought was absolutely fantastic, acquitted himself really well, especially being a young lad coming into a very tough atmosphere.
“No blame goes to him. We win as a team and lose as a team. We’ll now move on and come back after the international break.
“He was outstanding. We always talk about full-backs going forward, but for a 19-year-old to come here and defend the way he did in one-v-one situations, he’s got a fantastic future.
“We’re going to need him this season. With Bruno being out, he came in and did really well, and he’s another player that will help us on our way to where we want to be.”
The Seagulls take on Blackburn Rovers at the Amex after the international break, and although Rosenior was eager to bounce back quickly, he also highlighted the importance of remaining calm after defeat.
“We’d rather have another game tonight, it’s frustrating. But you can’t get too excited when you win and you can’t get too down when you lose.
“It’s about accumulating points. We learnt a lot from last season and we’re going to take that into the run-in. We won’t get too carried away with what other teams do, it’s about what we do.
“It’s about our performance levels and to be honest, in terms of performance levels, I don’t think we were too far off the mark."