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SIDWELL WANTS A REACTION

22 April 2017

Albion's midfielder is encouraging his team-mates to regain their focus.


Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Steve Sidwell is urging his team-mates to show a reaction following a frustrating 2-0 defeat to Norwich City last night.

Two strangely similar own goals from David Stockdale, following two separate efforts from Alex Pritchard, gave the Canaries all three points, and Sidwell insists the focus must now be on getting three points against Bristol City next Saturday.

He said: “We had a great day on Monday along with the fans, manager and chairman. Everyone celebrated in the right way, but we knuckled down from Tuesday onwards. We knew we still had a job to do and had the intentions of doing that.

“It wasn’t our night, but it could be a blessing in disguise and a kick up the backside that we need. When we’ve had a defeat, more often than not we’ve come back and responded very well and I don’t expect this to be any different.

“Don’t get me wrong, what’s happened this week for the football club has been brilliant for the town, for the people involved and for the owners. But it’s still not finished yet and we want the cherry on top of the icing on the cake,

“We deserve to get it and we’ll be fighting very hard next week against Bristol, but firstly we’ll be putting the hard work in Monday to Friday in training.”

Sidwell also came out and supported Stockdale following the two bizarre goals he conceded and expressed his admiration for the Albion shot-stopper.

“The goals themselves were freakish. To have one in the game and then one 20 minutes afterwards is something that has never happened to Stocko before, and I’ve never seen it either.

“Of course he’ll be disappointed as every keeper would be, especially after the season he’s had. He’s been one of our top performers and nothing like that would tarnish his season in our eyes.

“Other than that it was an open game and we had our fair share of chances, but we lacked that sense of urgency and that extra bit of bite.”

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