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SIDWELL DELIGHTED WITH PERFORMANCE

7 August 2016

Albion's midfielder took plenty of positives from yesterday's draw.


Steve Sidwell felt his Brighton & Hove Albion team-mates put in a superb display at Derby County yesterday and were unlucky not to leave the iPro Stadium with all three points.

The experienced midfielder highlighted the discipline shown in Albion’s performance against one of this season’s favourites for promotion and is confident the goals will start to flow sooner rather than later.

He said, “Everyone was magnificent. We had a gameplan; everyone stuck to it and knew their jobs defensively to keep our shape with the threat Derby caused us on the break.

“We knew that if we took a couple of our chances, then we could’ve taken the three points home. Unfortunately they didn’t fall for us, but it was a good performance to start the season.

“We created chances and we’ve got that flair in the team, with the addition of Muzza [Glenn Murray]. I’m sure it won’t be long until it all comes together.”

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Sidwell started in the absence of Dale Stephens and felt that Albion managed the game well against dangerous opponents.

“I enjoyed the game. We knew that in order to get anything it would be down to hard work and determination. We needed to win that battle in midfield and I thought we did that.

“We dominated play from the middle, slowed the game down when we needed to, let them keep possession at times, but kept a good shape and didn’t let them disrupt us.

“We’ll recover well and then go again for Tuesday’s cup tie with a bit of confidence and hopefully get a win.”

The 33-year-old is now determined to keep his place in the team and remains confident that the club can go one better than last season and win promotion to the Premier League.

“All I want to do is play football. I put my best foot forward and it gives the manager headaches with the new additions coming in and the games coming thick and fast.

“Whenever I’m called upon, I’ll focus on performing well for the team and staying there.

“You’re not going to come up against a tougher team challenging for promotion than Derby.

"We said as players that if we prepare right mentally and use last season as a positive, then you never know the heights the club can go to.”

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