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STOCKDALE DELIGHTED WITH CLEAN SHEET

19 October 2016

Albion's goalkeeper was pleased with another defensive shutout.


Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale felt it was vital to keep a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers last night, after the disappointment of conceding a last-minute equaliser on Saturday.

The Albion keeper praised the strength within the team to hold firm in a nerve-wracking finish to the game, as Sam Baldock’s first-half strike was enough to secure all three points.

He said, “It was a disappointing end to the game on Saturday and our main focus was to shut up shop.

“We know we’ve got goals in our side with our front four players, so that was our aim. We worked a lot on it and the gaffer hammered it home on Monday morning.

“We worked hard collectively and whatever is thrown at us, we bounce back from.

“We’re strong mentally and we kept reminding each other, ‘pick up your man’, and had confidence in each other. We conceded late on against Sheffield Wednesday and Preston, so it was a big thing for us to keep a clean sheet.”

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The Seagulls shot-stopper made two stunning saves in the closing stages of the game to keep out strikes from Danny Batth and Helda Costa, and highlighted the importance of maintaining focus right until the final whistle.

“You’ve got to keep switched on. Siddy [Steve Sidwell] was the one that came to me and said to concentrate because anything can happen.

“I just need to play my game, mistakes will happen, that’s what happened on Saturday and I won’t shy away from it. That’s a goalkeeper’s job, if you don’t do it, you concede.

“That’s what happened on Saturday, but there was no blame throwing after the game.

“We held our hands up, we’re men and we get on with it. The best way to do that is what we did collectively as a group.”

Albion closed the gap on the top two places to just two points following Norwich City’s draw with Fulham, but the keeper refuses to take anything for granted.

“It’s a long season and I’m not getting carried away because we know what happened last season.

“We’re all too familiar with that position and we keep going and keep ticking them [the games] off.

“A win on Saturday will mean an incredible week for us, even though we know we could’ve done better.”

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