Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dale Stephens says he's "under no illusions" and has urged fans and players alike not to get too carried away after an impressive start to the new season.
Kazenga LuaLua’s 35th-minute strike against Blackburn was enough to claim a fourth win out of five in all competitions and while Stephens stressed the importance of establishing a winning mentality he knows there is a lot of football to play.
He said, “As a group we were all confident that we could get off to the start we have and we’re hoping that it continues for the duration of the season.
“Winning games breeds confidence and when the whole team is confident, it makes it easier. But we’re under no illusions that this is going to be easy; it’s still going to be a long, tough, hard season.
“We know how important a good start is to the season and to still be unbeaten in five games is great, but it’s only a start and we’re definitely not getting carried away. The manager won’t let us get carried away. But it’s a good start and nothing else.”
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Stephens played a key part in the build-up to the only winning goal of the game from Kazenga LuaLua and praised the winger for his scintillating start to the season.
“I tried to put myself in, but it fell to Sam [Baldock] who made a good pass and Kaz [LuaLua] has put it away with a slight deflection.
“He’s started the season well, so he’ll be confident. He’s scored three goals in five appearances, and will want to play as many games as possible like anyone else. We all knew he was capable of what he’s shown so far.”
After a Capital One Cup second round tie with Walsall on Tuesday night, Albion face league leaders Ipswich in a top-of-the-table clash at Portman Road on Saturday.
Stephens admits that the table is of little relevance at this stage of the season, but is relishing the prospect of facing the Tractor Boys.
“The table doesn’t really mean a lot at this stage and we’re just taking it one game at a time.
“Ipswich have made a good start and it’s good to go into the game feeling confident. We got three points from Saturday’s game and we’re hoping that it will be another exciting game next week as well.”
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