Poor goals were Brighton's undoing at Manchester United - Dale Stephens

Dale Stephens. Picture by PW Sporting PhotographyDale Stephens. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Dale Stephens. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Dale Stephens felt Brighton & Hove Albion were undone by conceding two poor goals at Manchester United on Saturday.

The Red Devils won the Premier League clash 2-1 after Paul Pogba, from the penalty spot, and Marcus Rashford scored in the first half.

Stephens was disappointed with both of the goals and afterwards said: "I thought we played well in spells. I don't think we started the game well enough and we conceded two poor goals.

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"It's always going to be difficult when you're 2-0 down at half-time. But I thought we showed a lot of character second half and it was a tight game come the end."

On the goals, Stephens said: "I haven't seen the penalty back but I think it's a bit clumsy.

"You can't make those sorts of decisions tackling inside the box and we've been punished.

"Their second was a good finish in the end but I don't think Rashford should get anywhere near the position where he scores from.

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"We're disappointed with the way we conceded the goals but we take a lot of confidence from our second half performance.

"We played particularly well in the second half, it's not all doom and gloom even though we've come away with no points.

"We take a bit of confidence going into the cup game next week."