Robbie Savage has vowed there is more to come after a promising start to his Albion career.

The on-loan Derby midfielder was satisfied with his debut in Saturday’s 3-3 home draw against ten-man Cheltenham and believes he will improve further during his month with the Seagulls.

Savage, substituted in the closing stages when Albion were 3-2 up, said: “The lads said after the game that Derby must have a good team for me not to get in it, which pleased me. The sad thing is I have only got six games left, because I enjoyed it.

“There is more, of course. I think it was my first 90 minutes since pre-season, so I was delighted.

“I am a more mature now and there is a bit more to come yet. It was my first game and the more games I play and the fitter and stronger I get then Brighton will benefit, as I will.”

Savage was impressed with Albion’s other midfield newcomer, Kevin Thornton. The Irishman, denied star billing by a hat-trick for Glenn Murray, inspired the Seagulls on his home debut.

“When you play at a higher level you can always see someone with a bit of quality and Kevin has certainly got that,” said Savage. “It amazes me after that performance that he is not in Coventry’s team. If he can perform down here he will get back in at Coventry, because he has got ability. I am sure we will do well together.”

Substitute Andy Gallinagh denied Albion their first home League victory four minutes into stoppage time after Cheltenham had Josh Payne sent off late on for two bookable offences.

Kevin McLeod is hoping to be back in contention for tomorrow night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at home to Leyton Orient after knee surgery.