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SIDWELL LEARNING FROM FESTIVE BLIP

24 December 2016

Albion's midfielder feels the squad have learned lessons from last year.


Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Steve Sidwell feels the side have learned the lessons from their festive blip from last year, going into Tuesday’s match with Queens Park Rangers at the Amex.

The 33-year-old, who signed for Albion permanently during the summer, began his loan spell last season after a poor run of results over the winter months, but is confident that his team-mates won’t make the same mistakes again.

He said, "We've got ourselves into a great position at the moment. With what happened last year at Christmas time, the boys know how serious it is now.

“We know how much it can mean come the end of the season, so we carry on going in the form that we’re in.

"You look at last year and what we missed out on, it was minimal stuff. We know how important every single point is now, as well as the goals.

"The boys will use that experience this year and know that every point is vital. If we get a draw, we get a draw, it could be a vital point come the end of the season.

"It's all gearing up for the main thing and that's promotion. We're all aboard, playing our part and hopefully we've got a good chance of doing it.”

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Sidwell believes Albion boss Chris Hughton is spoilt for choice in central midfield, and praised the high level of competition for places this season.

"He knows he’s got four capable players in there when Beram [Kayal] comes back fit. The four of us, in any mix, can all play together.

“Ollie [Norwood] has played well whenever he has been called upon. He is neat and tidy, has a great passing range, and gets the team ticking along.

"There are going to be lots of ups and downs, twists and turns, not only in that department but probably all over the pitch.

"But I think the gaffer knows the spine of the team, from the goalkeeper through to the strikers, is strong with any combination that he plays.”

Ahead of Tuesday’s game, Sidwell highlighted the unpredictability of the Sky Bet Championship, and backed the new Hoops manager, Ian Holloway, to achieve success at Loftus Road.

"He's a passionate person. You want these characters in football. I think it was a good appointment to get him in, somebody that knows the club well and the fans took to that.

"They are still in a transitional period from where they were a few years ago but this Championship, you never know what can happen.”

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V QUEENS PARK RANGERS - SOLD OUT

TUESDAY 27TH DECEMBER, KICK-OFF 12.30PM


ALBION V CARDIFF CITY

FRIDAY 30TH DECEMBER, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V MILTON KEYNES DONS

SATURDAY 7TH JANUARY, KICK-OFF 3PM


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