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Adam El-Abd pleased with long run-out
Adam El-Abd was delighted to have played in Brighton’s 3-1 win over League title contenders Leicester City. In an interview with BBC Sport he expressed his frustration about his lack of game time this season.
Adam El-Abd, who last summer signed a two-year deal contract extension, played his longest league run-out this season as his side fought hard to beat Leicester City, to take them three points off the promotion play-off places. El-Abd came on in the 18th minute to replace the injured Gordon Greer. It was his third league appearance of the season, the other two being added time substitutions.
He was clearly delighted to have had some game time saying, “I’m just delighted to play a game. I have missed it so much – I am not going to lie. Matty [Upson] and Gordon have done so well since the back end of last season I have had to sit and wait patiently.”
El-Abd was frustrated at waiting for a chance but is happy to take the opportunity. He said, “It is very frustrating as I want to play but I am happy for the boys as we have been doing well. I feel sorry for Gordon as no-one wants to see a fellow professional or team-mate injured. But that is part and parcel of it. It can happen at any time and it is not easy to get yourself right, mentally, for the scenario where you could be on at any minute. It is good to get a game and I am so happy to have played.”
Adam was pleased with the way his side bounced back from a shocking defeat to bottom side Barnsley. “It was massively important we did that as Tuesday was really disappointing,” El-Abd said.
“It sums this league up nicely as you can’t take anything for granted. Whether you play the bottom or the top, each game is equally difficult and poses different threats.
“We’ll take that on in our mindset for the season and hopefully start doing better against the lesser teams and continue to do as well as we have been against the top half.
“We have got a great dressing room and we all want success. We are a very driven group and we need to make sure we take it into Middlesbrough next week.”
Adam El-Abd is currently the longest serving Brighton team member having come up through the academy and amassing 330 appearances for the first side since making his debut in 2003. His lack of game time for Brighton was one of the reasons Bob Bradley didn’t include him in the World Cup Qualifiers against Ghana.
– Ahmad Yousef