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SIDWELL: TAKE INSPIRATION FROM STOKE'S JOURNEY

27 April 2017

The midfielder believes Albion can learn from Stoke City's Premier League journey.


Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Steve Sidwell highlighted one of his former clubs as a role model for achieving sustainability in the Premier League, urging the Seagulls to take note of Stoke City’s progress within English football.
 
The central midfielder, who won Albion’s Goal of the Season Award at Monday night’s awards ceremony, believes the Seagulls can follow in the footsteps of the Potters, who’ve enjoyed nine consecutive seasons in the Premier League.
 
He said, “The best club to carbon copy, from getting promotion to sustaining it and then being a top-ten football club, would be Stoke City.
 
“The way that they’ve gone about their business is very similar to this football club, with how it’s run.
 
“The owner and his family are from Stoke and support them. Their best interests are in the football club, and I’m sure we’d be looking at their footprint.
 
“We can do it; we've got the talent here, the togetherness and team spirit. They’re all key ingredients that you need.”
 
Sidwell won the club’s Goal of the Season Award for his 50-yard strike against Bristol City in November, and he was delighted to be recognised for a less well-known side of his game.
 
“The normal pats on the back and accolades I get are when I’m putting people five foot in the air from a steaming challenge, so to be given an award for that strike is nice.
 
“When it happened, the boys said that it would be Goal of the Year. It was a bit early on, as there was a bit of football still to be played.
 
“But every time I was watching people take shots from far out, I was half hoping it didn’t go in!”
 
Sidwell looked ahead to next season’s challenge in the Premier League, and stressed the importance of adapting, both physically and mentally, to a new-found level of competition.
 
“It’s always easier when you’re winning and at the top of the league, the team's spirit and togetherness is always there.
 
“But when we’re seven or eight games without a win, it’s important that we stick together and keep that team spirit.
 
“Sometimes you take a win for granted, but next year, every point is vital, especially every win. The quicker we get them on the board, the better. It’s going to be a rollercoaster of a ride.”

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