Welbeck off the mark and is looking for more
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Danny Welbeck has vowed that he will only get better after getting his first goal for Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

The former England international fired the Seagulls ahead at Aston Villa, with Graham Potter's side going on to win 2-1 at Villa Park.

It was a big win for Brighton - only their second of the new Premier League season - and after impressing without reward in his short time on the South Coast, Welbeck's first goal couldn't have come at a better time.

This has to be just the start as he gets involved in the project Potter is piecing together at the AMEX Stadium.

Marquee signing

His arrival as a free agent was something of a surprise and he was playing catch-up in terms of match fitness.

But might Albion have grabbed a bargain in a summer when players they have looked at - such as Ollie Watkins, Rhian Brewster and Darwin Nunez - were going for £25 million or more?

After the game, he told The Argus: "I've not had my pre-season with playing games but I'm starting now.

"I am feeling fitter and stronger each week so there is plenty more to come. I'll get my match sharpness.

"You can do a lot of training but the matches are what are going to benefit me the most.

"Getting another 90 minutes today is massive for me and is something I can build on and something I'm positive about.

"When I'm on the pitch with the boys I'm putting in the hard work. You have got to be professional but you also have to realise sometimes you won't feel as sharp or as fit."

Off the mark

Of course, he might have had more reward at Villa Park on Saturday.

A slightly heavy touch cost him the chance to again bear down on former team mate Emiliano Martinez having got the better of him after 12 minutes with a classy chip.

And he later fired a shot wide after Jack Grealish had played his own side into trouble.

Linking up

Although strike partner Neal Maupay did not earn such high praise, the two have already shown signs of a promising relationship.

"They combined well," said boss Potter. "They ran for each other, defended for each other.

"It's only the second time they have played together and we haven't had much chance of doing 11 v 11 stuff.

"I think they will get better but we have got other good options who can come in."