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Bond joy at clean sheet and positive performance

26 January 2019

Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond spoke of his pride after keeping a clean sheet with an impressive display in Albion's 0-0 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion on the south coast.

The shot-stopper stepped in to the Albion net for the trip to Brighton and made a string of impressive saves to keep the Seagulls off the scoresheet.

It was a second FA Cup shut-out for Bond, who denied Wigan Athletic in the previous round of the competition.

"I was really happy," he said.

"I was quite busy to be fair, but you can expect that, really, coming to a good side like Brighton.

"I thought the lads defended really well and, like I said, it was end-to-end.

"It was a good game for the neutral, even though it was 0-0, I think everyone can be happy and from a goalkeeping perspective I was definitely happy as well.

"Today was one of those days when I had some stuff to do and the playing out (from the back) is difficult when there is so many changes in the team, but I thought we dealt with that really well as well.

"So from all angles I thought we did well as a back unit."

As well as praising his defence, Jonathan also had praise for the youngsters that were part of Albion's side, with Darren Moore starting four Academy graduates and bringing on Rayhaan Tulloch for his senior debut.

"It's a good result considering we made a lot of changes, a lot of young lads - and they had a strong team as well," Bond added.

"They are unbelievable really, some of the talent here.

"You can see it in training straight away, so it's not a surprise when they come and do that.

"Rekeem and Sam are like monsters in there. Kyle has got so much quality, and Rayhaan came on and did really well as well. It was really, really impressive to be honest, they have got bright futures."


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