Oscar so proud of Albion's "fantastic season" despite defeat

Oscar Garcia says the season has been

Oscar Garcia says the season has been "fantastic" despite yesterday's disappointment

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion boss Oscar Garcia has hailed a "fantastic season" for the club and insists reaching the play-offs was a "great achievement" after their Premier League dream died against rampant Derby County.

The injury-plagued Seagulls suffered a 4-1 defeat in last night's second leg in the East Midlands to lose 6-2 on aggregate.

County now head for the Championship final against QPR or Wigan at Wembley on May 24, while Albion are left to lick the injury wounds which have inhibited them all season.

Skipper Gordon Greer limped out of the second leg midway through the first half with hamstring trouble, compounding the absence of his regular centre-half partner Matt Upson (ankle).

Oscar told The Argus: "If you can see the whole picture it has been a fantastic season for us. Not many people felt we could reach the play-offs with all the injuries and everything that happened during the season. It was a great achievement for us.

"We played the most important game of the season with five players under 21. Some of them played during the season more with the DS (development squad) than with us. I am very proud of that."

Derby's second goal early in the second half, Chris Martin's fourth against Albion this season, killed the Seagulls off. It came after Leo Ulloa had been denied by keeper Lee Grant at the end of the first half and just as Oscar was about to bring on Kazenga LuaLua and Craig Mackail-Smith.

Oscar said: "I think the second one was a big blow for us. We had a chance at the end of the first half when Leo could have scored but we didn't take it.

"We wanted to make the subsititutions before (the second goal) but, to be honest, they were much better than us.

"In the first leg we played much better and deserved much more but in the second leg they were much better and they deserved to go through.

"Maybe we could complain about the two penalties (not awarded) in the first leg but I don't want to look for excuses. They are a better team than us and they deserve to be in the final."

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8:09am Mon 12 May 14

Sheil says...

What a gentleman Oscar is!

All of his points are very valid...........no doubt he will get the usual "knockers",but I like to be positive & feel taking all the circumstances into consideration he's done a damned fine job !

UTA
What a gentleman Oscar is! All of his points are very valid...........no doubt he will get the usual "knockers",but I like to be positive & feel taking all the circumstances into consideration he's done a damned fine job ! UTA Sheil
  • Score: 14

2:40pm Mon 12 May 14

andydownsouth says...

Good to see the trolls already on the site and the inevitability of the "we're doomed" comments by Brighton "Supporters". You did a great job Oscar-in the circumstances better than Gus.Only Brighton fans could think two sucessive playoffs was a failure.Compared to big spenders like Forest and Blackburn we have over-achieved.
Good to see the trolls already on the site and the inevitability of the "we're doomed" comments by Brighton "Supporters". You did a great job Oscar-in the circumstances better than Gus.Only Brighton fans could think two sucessive playoffs was a failure.Compared to big spenders like Forest and Blackburn we have over-achieved. andydownsouth
  • Score: 3

2:59pm Mon 12 May 14

Cap'n Pugwash says...

Free money wrote:
What real manager or coach in their right mind would work with rubbish like Dunk and JFC just because the familys have contacts? Dunk was taken apart by Derby pure fact.Im sure they won't be putting a bid in lol .
I'm not sure if you are a 14 troll who knocks one out whenever you get a response or you are simply a nasty little sh1t who spouts bile to highlight your lack of intelligence?

Nasty little sh1t gets my vote.
[quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: What real manager or coach in their right mind would work with rubbish like Dunk and JFC just because the familys have contacts? Dunk was taken apart by Derby pure fact.Im sure they won't be putting a bid in lol .[/p][/quote]I'm not sure if you are a 14 troll who knocks one out whenever you get a response or you are simply a nasty little sh1t who spouts bile to highlight your lack of intelligence? Nasty little sh1t gets my vote. Cap'n Pugwash
  • Score: 4

3:00pm Mon 12 May 14

Cap'n Pugwash says...

14 year old troll .
14 year old troll . Cap'n Pugwash
  • Score: 2

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