On reflection: Brighton & Hove Albion

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 19th August 2019

Pablo Fornals has admitted that he is finding the Premier League even more difficult than he initially anticipated.

The Spanish midfielder made his full debut at the AmEx Stadium in the 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday and struggled to make an impact.

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KUMB match reporter Chris Wilkerson awarded Fornals a score of 5/10 for his performance, commenting: "Off the pace of the League so far. An extra touch here or there that isn't needed."

And the 24-year-old appeared to agree with Chris' assessment by insisting that he needs more time to fully settle into his new role at the heart of Manuel Pellegrini's midfield three.

"This is all new for me," Fornals told whufc.com. "It is a new league, a new experience with new stadiums and new rivals. It was a hard match and I'm happy [to win] my first point in this league.

"It was very hard for me and I need to play more games to really understand the game and my new team more. People talk about the characteristics of the Premier League but you need to live these things to understand them.

"It's very difficult and whatever team you play against in this league is very competitive."

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Meanwhile Robert Snodgrass, who also made his first start of the season against the Seagulls said it was important that West Ham came away with something from the south coast following the embarrassing defeat against Manchester City a week earlier.

"We had to have a reaction from last week," he told the club's website. "On another day we could have won the game; I had a chance towards the end, Antonio too, but that's football.

"You prepare throughout the week to try and get three points. Today it wasn't to be, but we got a point on the board which is good for us.

"We needed more going forward and that's why the manager went with two up top in the second half. He wasn't happy with our forward play so he changed things. We caused them more problems after that."

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Finally stand-in captain Angelo Ogbonna, who was making his first appearance of the campaign having remained on the bench for the duration of the opening fixture claimed that his team "stepped up" to win what he believed was a battling point.

"We played well in the first 20 minutes, then we dropped back a little bit and we conceded chances," he said. "But, we stayed in the game, improved after half-time and we take a point home.

"Other times we've played here we didn't have a chance, so at least we got one point and have started our season."

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