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MAENPAA PLEASED WITH RUN OUT

12 April 2017

The Finnish international featured for the under-23s on Monday night.


Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa was pleased to play 90 minutes for the club’s under-23 side against Stoke City on Monday night, and admitted he has no qualms about supporting first-choice shot-stopper David Stockdale.

The 32-year-old kept a clean sheet in Albion’s 2-0 victory over the Potters at the Amex, and was delighted to get more minutes under his belt after returning from injury.

He said, “It’s important for me to play every once in a while; I wanted to play this game but I didn’t have too much to do as the guys did so well.

“Luckily my season wasn’t finished. I was really pleased that it wasn’t dislocated [shoulder]. The recovery was six or seven weeks and now I’m fully fit again.

“I’m still at a good age and feel like I can play at a high level. But you also have to understand your role, and at the moment I’m the second keeper.

“Stocko [David Stockdale] has done fantastically, so I don’t have any complaints. I just need to push, and if something happens, make sure I’m ready.”

The Finland international reflected on his first two seasons at the club, and urged his team-mates to achieve promotion with just five games remaining in their Sky Bet Championship campaign.

“I got my league debut this season and it was fantastic to play in front of the home crowd, we had a very good result [3-0 v Rotherham].

“It’s been similar to last year, Stocko has done really well. I just keep on doing my job on the training field and play with the under-23s every once in a while.

“It’s been an amazing season, even better than last year. There’s five more games and hopefully we can achieve our ultimate goal.”

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