Brighton & Hove Albion (a) Premier League
Half time: Seagulls 0
"We rode our luck at times but dug in and showed a great
spirit and unity. We got a valuable point.
"Youíre only as solid as your defence, I think weíve changed personnel, added strength and added depth and now weíve got some very good characters in that unit.
"And I think you saw that today, because we were under the
cosh but we stayed calm and we battled through it.Ē
"He hadnít played left-back for a long time but I thought he did very well today against his former team and made one crucial block at a key time in the game. Overall, Iím very pleased with his attitude.
"I thought he (Botman) did very well. He looked composed, solid and had a good partnership with Fabby. I was very pleased with him and I thought he used the ball very well, especially in the first half.
"To come here and be part of a backline that keeps a clean sheet albeit it wasnít always calm at the back.Ē
ďBut thatís no reflection of anybody we currently have in our squad because I think weíve shown that we love everybody within the group. Thereís a very good feeling internally, within the dynamic of the team, so we desperately donít want to harm that either.
"I think thereís always that part of you that, as much as youíre frustrated that you canít sign any more players when they window has closed, thereís actually a nice relief when the window shuts and you can say, ĎRight, thatís the group that we have Ė and thatís the group weíre going to go forward withí.
"Nothing can change that then. My focus is always on the players we have inside the building, not externally. Thatís always been my first instinct, to try to develop them, even when the window is open.
"But a lot of your time is taken up with the window because
itís such an important process as you try to get the right players
"Itís a bit frustrating because I think our performance deserved three points and a win but against Newcastle we take that. The overall performance was very very strong: Newcastle play at a real intensity so to compete in the way we did and sustain it in the most difficult conditions that I can remember was really impressive.
"I loved the performance and I loved what they were trying to do so its really positive. Sometimes the goal goes in and you donít know where they have gone in from, other times a keeper will make a good save or there will be a good block, but thatís football.
"Itís not the easiest thing in the world to do but I have no doubt we can score and the boys can finish. The performance level is the thing I focus on the most, as that will enable us to get points in the future.
"I thought we played really well against a good team. They've got
dangerous players with pace and power.
Newcastle remain unbeaten and unbreached in the
Premier League after a scoreless draw in the scorching heat of the Amex Stadium on Saturday.