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Amex Stadium was motivation for Deaman

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

Young Robins defender Jack Deaman

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Jack Deaman says he could not have picked a better place to make his professional debut for Cheltenham Town than at Brighton's Amex Stadium.

The young defender made his first appearance in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup tie, helping Cheltenham contain the Championship club until the 79th minute, when their rearguard action was finally pierced.

Deaman lives ten minutes away from the sparkling new 30,000 seater ground and he regularly passed it on his way to play for Eastbourne in the Conference South last season.

"I used the stadium as motivation really, it was always my aim to play there one day," Deaman said.

"I always wanted it to come around and it's just a nice coincidence to make my debut there, but it was great to play somewhere like that against a team of Brighton's quality.

"I watched a couple of games there last season and it gives you the appetite to want to reach that level. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience."

Central defenders Deaman, Troy Brown and Steve Elliott restricted Brighton's front pair of Chris O'Grady and Craig Mackail-Smith to very few chances, but Mackail-Smith scored the second in the 90th minute after Lewis Dunk had headed in the first from a set piece.

"We have to take the positives from the way we defended for the vast majority of the game and I thought it was a really good team performance," Deaman said.

"We all knew what the gameplan was and they took a long time to break us down, but their class showed in the end.

"The first goal was a bit sloppy from our point of view, but we held our shape and did what the boss wanted us to."

Deaman is yet to make his League Two bow, but he said playing against the likes of O'Grady and Mackail-Smith can only be of benefit as he continues to learn his trade at Cheltenham, having been released by Birmingham in the summer of 2013.

"Their movement is brilliant and they are always on your shoulder or dipping in front of you, so they are hard to mark," he said.

"They obviously have that quality to put chances away if you give them any, but I'd say the main thing about them is the movement and how quickly they do everything.

"All I can do is try to take my chance when it comes. If we keep putting in good, solid, team performances nobody can argue it's not working."

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