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‘Best first touch of my career’ – Balogun excited after netting first Brighton goal

Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun has expressed great excitement after he scored his first ever goal for Premier League side, Brighton on Tuesday night.

Balogun, who joined the Seagulls at the beginning of the season, seldom makes a starting appearance for the club.

But the 30-year old came off the substitute’s bench – replacing Pascal Gross in the 30th minute after Shane Duffy was sent off – to score his first league goal for Brighton who defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 at the Amex Stadium.

“OUTSTANDING team performance last night!” He wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

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“Not easy being down to 10 men, but your fantastic support from the stands made us compensate that!

“It’s that unity you could feel at the Amex last night that makes this club @OfficialBHAFC so special! #DerbyWinners #Best1stTouchOfMyCareer,” he wrote.

Balogun’s goal came in the 32nd minute of the encounter with his first touch smashing home a half-volley from a corner to double Brighton’s lead.

Glen Murray had scored the opener from the spot in the 24th minute after Jose Izquierdo was fouled in the box.

Florin Andone made it 3-0 for Brighton on the stroke of half-time, before Luka Milivojevic scored a penalty for Palace to make it 3-1 after Bernardo Fernandes had fouled Wilfried Zaha in the box.

Balogun was making his third substitute appearance in the EPL, and he is expected to make the starting XI in Brighton’s next game at the weekend.

 

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