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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Towell: I'm getting sharper every week at Brighton

Richie Towell: SPORTSFILE
Richie Towell: SPORTSFILE

Richie Towell insists he's getting sharper every week as he seeks to break into the Brighton and Hove Albion team under manager Chris Hughton.

Towell signed for the Championship club in November from Dundalk, making his debut in the FA Cup third-round defeat at Hull.

He hasn't played for the first team since that loss, but the Inchicore native featured for the U-21s in their 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, and is confident his chances of helping the Seagulls' promotion push will increase as he improves his fitness.

"I feel like I'm getting a bit sharper playing in a more natural position and it felt a lot better," Towell said.

"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. 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."

With Brighton - currently fourth in the league table - out of the FA Cup Towell will have to wait before getting another chance to show Hughton what he can do, but the midfielder is happy to use the break to sharpen up. "I'm looking forward to another good week's training and then we go again," he added.

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