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29 October 2016

The experienced midfielder is pleased with his current form.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Steve Sidwell is delighted with his recent run of games in the team, and understands he must savour every moment during the later stages of his career.

The 33-year-old has started in four consecutive games for the Seagulls, and revealed his happiness both on and off the pitch.

He said, “I’m enjoying my football, not just because I’ve played in the last couple of weeks, but even before that. I enjoy coming to work in these lovely facilities and passing on my knowledge.

“When you get to this age, you start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. But I’ve definitely got a few more years left, there’s no doubt about that.

“Saturday’s game at Wigan for example, was a hard-fought victory with a long trip home, and you need to cherish those moments.

“You start thinking you’re not going to have too many of those moments, so you begin to cherish them more.

“When you pack up, you’re a long time retired. So I’m enjoying the games and long may that continue.”

Sidwell highlighted the toughness of the Sky Bet Championship, and believes it’s only going to become harder to reach the top flight in years to come.

“I think that’s one of the biggest questions, is it harder to get out of the Championship or stay in the Premier League? For me, it’s harder to get out of the Championship.

“Obviously when you get into the Premier League you do need to strengthen and build, because the gap in that league is getting smaller.

“It used to be the same top six, and then the rest were fighting it out for the other places, but now investment is coming over and there are a lot of good squads in the Premier League.

“That is slowly filtering down into the Championship; the standard of teams and players in this league is huge now.

“Norwich have kept hold of the majority of their squad; they’ll obviously still be hurting from getting relegated, but they’ll want to bounce back as quickly as they can, which means trying to do it first time around.”


The Canaries face Albion at the Amex today and although Sidwell understands the importance of the game, he doesn’t feel any changes should be made to their preparations.

“Just don't break your normal routine, it’s just another game. It’s the same formalities as every other game, it’s still 11 players on the pitch and you’re kicking around a ball.

“You don’t let the occasion get to you, not so much for the play-offs last season, but you use that experience to know it’s a big game but won’t define our season.

“There’s a long way to go, we’ll need to go out there and play the way we know we can, and if we do that to the best of our ability, then hopefully we’ll win the game.”

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