Frustration, But Oscar Remains Upbeat
Head coach Oscar Garcia has admitted deep frustration that Brighton couldn't secure the victory in last night's game against Blackpool, but he said he remains upbeat as despite drawing the game one all on Easter Monday, Brighton continue to remain in sixth place with the main fear being Reading who continue to have a game in hand on us.
Speaking to the Official Site following the game, the gaffer explained.
'I am frustrated, I am after every game where we do not take the three points, but it's an amazing to be in the position we are in, bearing in mind what has happened during the season. When you consider that, it is amazing we are still fighting for a place in the top six.'
Oscar goes on to say that with those teams around us not winning it has given us the breathing space for a hiccup at this stage of the season, but of course all that could change tonight when Reading face Middlesbrough as victory for them, would move them one point ahead of us.
'We will keep on fighting until the end of the season, that is what we have to do.'
As for the Blackpool game Oscar explains that everybody knew we had an opportunity and the plan was for us to start brightly, but it just didn't happen for us and we were far from our best in the first half and Blackpool certainly made a fight of it.
'Blackpool kept the ball early on and it was hard for us in the opening minutes. We planned to do the opposite, to create chances and to put them under real pressure early on.'
The message at the half time break was pretty obvious really, 'more energy, better tempo and more determination' were asked for by him and he was pleased to see that it was exactly what the players gave him and then of course we took the lead.
'In the second half we were much better, we started well and scored straight away, but we were disappointed to concede so soon after. Dale Stephens took his goal really well, but their equaliser was a soft goal.'
Speaking more about their goal, Garcia doesn't blame individual errors, he talks about the errors of the team as a whole starting with a 'soft challenge' in midfield and the the defence not doing enough to stop Dobbie from putting it on.
With all that said he does feel we did enough in the game to have taken all three points and deserved them, but it just wasn't to be and now we'll have to see what later today brings.