Since making his Brighton debut in their FA Cup loss to Hull earlier this month, Richie Towell has not featured in the starting lineup for his new side.
Towell has sat on the bench for Chris Hughton over the last two weekends and last night turned out for Brighton's U21s in a 0-0 draw with West Brom.
Towell told Brighton's club website that he felt 'sharper' after getting 90 minutes into his legs.
I thought we played well, they’re a decent side, but we controlled the game in spells and had good chances to win it. On a personal level, it was good to get 90 minutes under my belt.
I feel like I’m getting a bit sharper playing in a more natural position and it felt a lot better. I’ve been playing a bit higher compared to recent weeks and it was good to get back to a position that I’m used to, so I enjoyed it a lot more.
If I keep getting some minutes under my belt and I get sharper, then hopefully I can keep knocking on the manager’s door.
The former Dundalk player's chances of breaking into the Brighton starting lineup took a hit during the week with the signing of Steve Sidwell on loan from Stoke.
Despite the new competition, Towell remains optimistic about his future with the Championship club.
For me personally, I haven’t played the volume of games that the others have had, but the rest has probably come at a good time after we picked up a few knocks.
I’m sure the lads are happy with the break so they can recover. I just need to work hard on the training ground and keep pushing. I’m looking forward to another good week’s training and then we go again.
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