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MAENPAA READY TO TAKE HIS CHANCE

30 November 2016

The Finland international is focused on pushing David Stockdale for the number one spot.


Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa says he has to bide his time in a bid to gain regular game time in the side, and is focused on providing the best-possible competition to David Stockdale.
 
The Finland international got some vital minutes under his belt in the under-23s’ 2-1 win over Wolves on Monday, and insists he will be prepared for his next chance in the first team.
 
He said, “You just have to understand the role of a goalkeeper, and that there is only one position.
 
“Stocko [David Stockdale] has done fantastically well and so has the team. I just need to stay motivated and push, because that’s the only way to help Stocko, the team and the other players that aren’t playing.
 
“They push the other players to make them better - and you have to be ready when the chance is there for you.
 
“I’m looking forward to January and the start of the FA Cup. Hopefully that’s my chance to play in the first-team and that we can go further than last year.”
 
Maenpaa also stressed the importance of getting some game time with the under-23s and recognised there is still room for improvement in his performances.
 
“It’s been a couple of months since I had my last minutes so once in a while it’s good to have some game rhythm and play with the under-23s. These are good games and it’s good to get the three points [in a 2-1 win].
 
“It was a good comeback. We didn’t play that well in the first half, but in the second half we were much better. We kept going and scored two goals and got the three points.
 
“I should’ve done some things better in the game. I didn’t clear the ball well enough for their goal, I kicked it against the striker and he scored.”

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The Finn hopes that his country will improve their form going into 2017, and is now eager for Albion to go one better this season and earn promotion to the Premier League.
 
“The next international game is in March. It’s been a really disappointing start to the campaign so far with only one point from four games.
 
“I hope that 2017 will be a better year for Finland.
 
“For Brighton, there are still 28 games left and it’s a really long season, but the start has been fantastic and we just need to keep doing what we have done.
 
“We were so close last year missing out on goal difference. We’ve done so well so far this season and we just need to go game by game and do things well enough to get us promoted.”

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