Brighton defender reveals the way to nullifying Jack Grealish
Aston Villa were held to a 0-0 draw away to Brighton on Saturday night, with them being second best to everything, yet the Seagulls failed to capitalise and get the win.
One duel that stood out was that between Brighton's Joel Veltman and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, with the Dutch international feeling like he did an excellent job against the English midfielder.
The 29-year-old defender managed to keep Grealish quiet for most of the game, frequently coming out on top against him, even coming close to scoring a winner for Brighton, yet Emiliano Martinez was in fine form, making one of his nine saves on the night from his attempt.
Veltman left Ajax last summer for just £900,000, and he is proving to be a very good signing by Graham Potter, as the Dutchman continues to perform well consistently.
Speaking with BT Sport after the game about practically nullifying Grealish's impact on the game, Veltman said "I can be annoying to the opponent a lot. I knew Jack would not like when you get touches [on the ball]."
"I think I did a great job against him."
After his strike that was saved by Martinez, Veltman ran off celebrating thinking that he had scored his first goal for Brighton, saying "I was already celebrating but the keeper saved it."
Brighton manager Graham Potter was full of praise for Veltman for his excellent performance.
"I thought he played really well. Defended and attacked really well. I also thought he was helped by the team performance," Potter said.
"I don't think it is one person that can stop someone like Jack and the other players that Aston Villa have got."
"It was a really strong team performance in terms of how we defended and attacked. The only thing missing was a goal. Sometimes that is football."
"We have to keep working and our challenge is to maintain that level of performance between now and the end of the season."
Brighton have now gone unbeaten in six consecutive games in the Premier League, with this being their best record in the top-flight since 1981.
Brighton now have two very important games down at the bottom half of the table coming up, with Crystal Palace coming to The Amex and a trip to The Hawthorns against struggling West Brom coming right after.