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STOCKDALE PRAISES ALBION'S TOGETHERNESS

15 April 2016

Albion's keeper on the side's strength in depth, defying expectations and the race for promotion.


Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale highlighted the togetherness within the whole squad going into the final five crucial games of the season.

The shot-stopper also highlighted the strength in depth within the squad as a key factor in their successful season to date and praised the influence of manager Chris Hughton.

He said, “We have great options throughout the team and we all play for each other and everyone involved in the club. We could have any player in our side and they would feel settled.

 “Everyone knows their job, for example we brought on [Anthony] Knockaert and [Steve] Sidwell against Forest, they did their jobs and look what happened. There wasn’t any arguing or frustration for not starting and they delivered when they came on.
 
“For the gaffer to keep the big names on the bench shows how good the squad is and proves the knowhow he has.

“At Forest we played badly in the second-half and he told us that after the game, he didn’t have to shout. Before he came in we said to ourselves ‘we got away with that one’ and he knew that, so he didn’t bother shouting at us.

“He is a top-class manager with great experience and he has helped build this team spirit which money can’t buy.

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Stockdale is delighted to have beaten people’s expectations this season and remains confident of achieving the team’s ultimate aim.

“We never said we will win the league but there was a belief that we could challenge at the beginning of the season.

“We keep proving people wrong and that’s how it will carry on. We don’t need to shout about our expectations, if we stick to our plan then we will succeed.

“Everyone keeps mentioning the teams above us but I bet Middlesbrough and Burnley are hearing our name more often as well.

“At this point last year, I was saying we need to stick together but for a completely different reason and it’s brilliant to be able to think how far we have come.

“It is strange to be so close but yet so far away, we have played so many games and now it is down to the last five. We are in a good place and we will remain focused.”

The 30-year-old looked ahead to facing his former club Fulham tonight and is eager to help take Albion to a whole new level in the top flight.

“The buzz in the Premier League is like nothing I have experienced. People say it’s the best league in the world and with all the money pumped into it, it’s crazy.

“It’s not just the team that gets promoted, it affects everyone around you, your family, the fans and the staff too. We aren’t doing it for ourselves, we’re doing it for everyone involved in the club.”

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V FULHAM

FRIDAY 15TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM


ALBION V QPR

TUESDAY 19TH APRIL, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V DERBY COUNTY

MONDAY 2ND MAY, KICK-OFF 2.30PM


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