Brighton Goalkeeper Maty Ryan believes they made it too easy for Arsenal to score in their loss at the Emirates this afternoon.
Goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi saw the Gunners seal a comfortable win for Arsene Wenger's side.
Albion’s Australian international believes they may have had a chance to get a better result had they been sharper at the back.
“There’s no doubt one of our strengths is our defensive structure and the way we throw ourselves about out there but I think we’ve been the victims of conceding a few soft goals at this minute.
“At this level it’s always a mountain to climb. The difference in the first half was the set piece they scored off. Other than that, off the post we both had a chance, plus a couple of passages in each other’s boxes, which neither was able to convert.
“We come out and give that second goal, which is what hurt us too early in the second half when we were well in the game. We did our best to get back into it.”
Today’s match in North London was the Seagulls second against one of the top six sides in the Premier League, having faced Manchester City on the opening day at the Amex last month.
Whilst both games saw Albion on the back foot for the most part, they were able to force a number of chances against the Gunners. Solly March went closest in the first half, with an effort that came back off the woodwork.
Ryan believes their showing highlights how much the team has become more competitive from match-to-match.
“Towards the back end of both halves we managed to get ourselves in the game and play some nice football going forward. In transition after that when we were able to break forward there was a lot of space for us. We penetrated well and we had a few moments where we got in the box but just couldn’t get the final touch at the end.
“The progression is there from the team I feel. Everyone’s understanding each other - new team, new players coming in - and I think the understanding has been getting better and better. I feel as a football side we have been getting better as well. Hopefully it’s only a matter of time before we can come to a place like this and start getting more than we’ve gotten today.”
Albion now head into the next international break with a number of positives from a period of games that has produced two league wins from a possible four.
Both those victories came at the Amex, with Chris Hughton’s side having established their ground as a place that most visiting sides will find tough to travel to.
Whilst he is set for a busy fortnight with his country, Ryan has his eyes set on carrying on where him and his teammates left off on home turf against Everton in a fortnight.
“It’s a bitter feeling that we didn’t do better also, especially Bournemouth away.
“It’s important we make the Amex a fortress together with our fans and unite as one, which we’ve done with two wins and that’s important. Now we’ve got the first two wins out of the way we can keep on building.
“I’ll be looking forward after the international break - having hopefully made the next stage of World Cup qualification with Australia - to come back to Everton at home for hopefully another special day that we can turn into three points for us.”