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Albion boss Oscar impressed by Villarreal in Amex defeat
Albion head coach Oscar Garcia says Villarreal's extra quality took its toll in last night's 3-1 defeat at The Amex.
Ashley Barnes slotted the Seagulls into a second minute lead but the Spanish visitors, promoted back to La Liga and former Champions League semi-finalists, ran out worthy winners.
Oscar, reflecting on Albion's first pre-season defeat in his first home game in charge, said: "The opening was so good for us. I think we played really well for the first 30 minutes but after that their higher quality made the difference.
"Every game and every training session I learn something about my players. They know how I want to play. It will take time but I think we are going the right way about it."
Albion conceded Villarreal's second and third goals in the final quarter of the contest, after Oscar made several changes.
He said: "We don't have all the squad at this moment and we needed to make substitutions. I want most of the players to play these kind of games and other players I want to rest, because in seven days we start the league.
"It's pre-season. I wasn't 100 per cent happy when we won against Getafe and Sporting Gijon and I am not 100 per cent disappointed. I have my way, I know what we need.
"We need some things to improve, to grow the team, and we will work on it."
Right-back Bruno played the opening hour after missing most of the friendly programme so far with a calf injury.
Oscar said: "It's been a difficult pre-season for him. He's had many problems but he finished the game feeling good and that is important for us."
Swansea's Dutch midfielder Kemy Agustien watched the match after undergoing a medical. He is joining the Seagulls on a two-year contract but Oscar was reluctant to talk about the capture of the 26-year-old.
He said: "I will speak about him when he has signed, not before."
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