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STEPHENS PRAISES SIDWELL'S IMPACT

27 October 2016

Albion's midfielder praised the contribution from his team-mate.


Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dale Stephens has praised the impact of Steve Sidwell on the squad this season.
 
Stephens is contesting one of the two central spots in midfield this season, but recognised 33-year-old Sidwell’s telling contribution alongside Oliver Norwood in recent weeks.
 
He told Seagulls Player HD, “It’s frustrating when you’re not playing, but I don’t think it’s anything I’ve done wrong and it’s more to do with the form of Siddy and Ollie. They’ve been playing very well and you can’t argue when you’re winning games.
 
“Every time you get into the team you want to stay there. We’ve got great competition in the squad, probably more so this year.
 
“He’s [Sidwell] in there on merit and deserves a lot of credit because he’s been brilliant for us. He leads the team and leads by example; he is an old head, and we all look up to him. He’s been there and done it and is a good figure to have in the team.”

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Stephens scored Albion’s only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Wigan on Saturday, and was delighted to open his account for the season.
 
But he is also refusing to take anything for granted, as the Seagulls rose up to second in the table, leapfrogging Norwich City, who they face next on Saturday.
 
“I tried to keep it low enough to go in. I didn’t pick one corner, I just picked one side and thankfully it went in.
 
“When you’re on the subs' bench, you want to come on and make an impact. Obviously it’s a great feeling, but what’s even better is that it’s got us three points.
 
“It’s a long season and as well as the usual teams mentioned, Huddersfield are up there and are probably the surprise package of the season so far.
 
“They don’t look like slowing down and it’s going to be another tight year, but if we’re in the mix, then we’ll be happy.”

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