Mark Jackson: I thought it was a positive performance

Mark Jackson: I thought it was a positive performance

U23s head coach on Brighton draw.

Mark Jackson gave his thoughts after his side put in a good display at home to Brighton, but were denied all three points late in the game.

The Whites went into the lead in the second half but in the final 10 minutes of the match, the Seagulls levelled, meaning the points were shared.  

"It's frustrating, the players are frustrated,” Jackson said.  

"I've just spoken to them and I've tried to be really positive and upbeat with them. I thought it was a positive performance, I thought it was two teams who tried to play the right way. 

“We knew Brighton would be strong. We watched them play quite a bit and we knew we'd have to be mindful of how they played and with some of their threats.

"I thought we did that well and I knew we could hurt them in certain areas which I thought we did well. It was two good football teams who produced a good match."

The Whites had chances throughout the match but found an opposition goalkeeper in fine form, as well as being denied by the woodwork on a couple of occasions. 

Jackson explained: “We've created some chances. I don't think Amari Miller can get any closer to scoring! 

“I was right behind the first one and it's hit the inside of the post, then not gone in. We're a team who always try to create chances.

"Yes, when we get into those positions we need to be more ruthless but I spoke after the Everton game about that and said we needed to be ruthless in defence as well.

"Although we conceded a late set play, I thought we were more organised behind the ball when we were going forward.

"I thought there were certain elements that we analysed after Everton that the boys picked up on and tried to implement.

"As a group of coaching staff, if the lads are trying to do that and implement the ideas and rectify the areas we pointed out then that's great for us as coaches."