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Brighton defender Bernardo: 'We deserve more points than we have'

:Headline: Brighton defender Bernardo: 'We deserve more points than we have':
Albion are three points above the Premier League relegation zone.
PA | 1mo

Brighton defender Bernardo believes his side's performances are not being rewarded with the points they deserve.

Albion sit just three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone after surrendering the lead to draw 1-1 with 18th-placed Aston Villa.

Brazilian Bernardo feels the Seagulls' style of play has improved since the summer appointment of head coach Graham Potter.

However, the south coast club are a point worse off than at this stage last season under former manager Chris Hughton.

"If you look at the way we have been playing it doesn't translate into the numbers," Bernardo told Brighton's website.

"Of course what matters is the goals you score and concede but I still think we are moving in the right way.

"We are confident as a squad. In the second half of last season we had a problem but we know what we did wrong and we're playing better football this season and we know what we have to do."

Leandro Trossard fired Brighton ahead against Villa on Saturday but they invited pressure in the second half and were punished by a superb strike from Jack Grealish 15 minutes from time.

Albion's only win from their last eight top-flight fixtures came at home to second-bottom Bournemouth on December 28.

The Seagulls travel along the south coast for the return meeting on Tuesday evening, bidding to ease their relegation fears and pile more misery on Eddie Howe's Cherries.

Former RB Leipzig player Bernardo described the game at the Vitality Stadium as "massive".

"We are playing teams fighting for the same spots at the moment and I still think we have a great chance to change our situation," said the 24-year-old.

"Tuesday is a massive game for us. We need to focus on that now but we are confident we can produce an even better performance than we did (on Saturday)."

Dean Smith's visitors were in danger of slipping to a seventh defeat from nine league games after Trossard beat debutant goalkeeper Pepe Reina in the 38th minute.

Left-back Matt Targett feels Villa, who host fellow strugglers Watford on Tuesday evening, showed their desire to beat the drop during an improved second-half showing at the Amex Stadium.

"We spoke at half-time, you either fold or you pick yourselves up and go out there and prove why you want to stay in the Premier League," Targett told his club's website.

"When you come to teams like this who are down there with you, you can't let them escape from you, you have to keep them in sight. We did that.

"Of course we would have liked three points but we'll take the draw and go again on Tuesday night at Villa Park."

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City25163665293651
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
4Chelsea2612594336741
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2611784334940
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2610972824439
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd2610883829938
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2681263532336
9Everton26106103438-436
10Arsenal2671363634234
11Burnley26104123039-934
12Southampton2694133248-1631
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2669113138-727
16Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2566133043-1324
19Watford2659122440-1624
20Norwich CityNorwich2646162448-2418
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