Roberto De Zerbi hopes Albion will benefit from their first European away experience.

The Seagulls came from behind in in an intimidating atmosphere to draw 2-2 at Marseille.

The result keeps them very much alive in Europa League Group B ahead of home-and-away fixtures with Ajax, who drew 1-1 at AEK Athens.

Albion looked caught in the headlights during a nightmare couple of first-half minutes in which they conceded twice.

But they finished the first half strongly and scored twice in the second to emerge with reward from Stade Velodrome.

De Zerbi said: “It is possible we suffer too much the atmosphere.

“The first game in Europa for Brighton – for the players, for the club, for the fans.

“I’m not a big coach. I am nit used to playing this competition.

“I played only once, with Shakhtar. We have to adapt, we have got to get used to playing in this competition.”

Although the atmosphere was incessantly noisy, De Zerbi said there was nothing untoward when skipper Lewis Dunk stayed down following goal celebrations close to home fans.

He said the captain felt unwell, adding: “It was hot and so much energy he lost his senses.”

Dunk’s miskick helped Marseille to their second goal but he produced a strong performance, including a goal-saving challenge in the second half.

De Zerbi said: “Dunk is a great player. He is very important for us.

“The mistake on the second goal of Marseille is not important.

“It was important in the result but he is still the captain.”